Bowmandale's Digital Ambassadors are a group of Year 5 and 6 children who help the adults in school keep everyone safe online. They meet regularly with Mr Davey, Mr Towers, Mrs Dunstan and the governors to plan events and share their knowledge and expertise.
The pages the ambassadors are holding in the photo above are all part of a presentation which aims to inform the children in the school how to keep themselves safe online at home.
The Digital Ambassadors have recently been promoting the appropriate use of social media - specifically, the age at which you are legally allowed to use each app.
Do you know the age limits of these popular social media apps?
Facebook - Age rating: 13+
Instagram - Age rating: 13+
Snapchat - Age rating: 13+
Tiktok - Age rating: 13+
X (Twitter) - Age rating: 13+
WhatsApp - Age rating 16+
The Digital Ambassadors' Online Safety Tips
- Make sure you are playing age-appropriate games
- Use appropriate websites
- Tell a trustworthy adult if you think anything is unusual
- Only communicate with people you know
- Always ask an adult to create any accounts for you
The Digital Ambassadors' Online Safety Guide
Information from the following websites were used to create our guide:
Internet Safety Parent Workshop
The Digital Ambassadors helped organise an internet safety workshop for parents and carers. The ambassadors introduced themselves and their roles then Mr Martin from Primary Tec led the workshop. He shared new information about the latest online trends and what to do to keep children safe. Everyone who attended also got a raffle ticket.
Safer Internet Day
At the beginning of February, we provided a range of activities for Safer Internet Day. Key Stage 2 followed Google's new online safety programme called 'Be Internet Legends', focusing on taking responsibility for their online activities. In Key Stage 1, the children learnt to log on with their own password and Buddy the Dog gave them tips about staying safe online.
Radio Humberside Visit
The Digital Ambassadors had an amazing afternoon at BBC Radio Humberside. As part of their roles as ambassadors, they were taken on a tour around the studios to gain an understanding of the work and commitment of the staff at the BBC. Surprisingly, when they met Sally Fairfax she asked if they wanted to go on live radio – they of course, all agreed. Coincidently, she was discussing with her audience the amount of time children spend online and watching the TV, they became her perfect guests as she was able to interview them. Although they were nervous, they gained confidence throughout the interview and were able to help with the show – it was a great experience.
After, they learnt all about the radio and how it is controlled, they went to the filming section and met numerous people that help to produce and present the shows – they were a little star struck when they met Peter Levy! They discussed their role with him and he seemed impressed with the work that we complete here at Bowmandale.
They had an amazing afternoon and learnt what happens behind the scenes, they are hoping to work with David Reeves to create our own Digital Ambassador film to go on the BBC Radio Humberside's social media sites demonstrating how we keep people safe online both at home and school.
Online Safety Poster Competition
When Mr Martin came on Safer Internet Day, he worked with the year 3 and 4 classes to develop online safety posters. Last week Mr Martin came back to meet with Miss Brewster and Mr Towers and he picked his three winners. The winners each recieved a prize - a kit to build either a robot alarm clock or a car. Well done to the winners and to all the children who took part. You can see their posters below.
On the last day of school before Christmas, Bowmandale received a visit from a very special visitor: E-safety Santa! Santa talked to all the children about staying safe on the internet and particularly on the new games and devices they might get for Christmas. He told everyone about the age ratings on social media and games.
E-Safety banner - 'Recipe for a Safer Internet'