This year’s theme for Online Safety Week was ‘Fake News’. The aims of the week were for children to understand that:
- not everything we read online and offline is true.
- sharing fake news can have very negative consequences.
- you must question everything you read and check with other sources.
- you must always tell an adult if you are unsure about something you read in the news.
Throughout the week, all classes (Early Years, KS1 and KS2) were taught about how to spot fake news. We read fake newspaper articles and voted as a class as to whether or not we thought they were real. We thought of our own headlines, wrote our own newspaper reports and explained what we need to do in order to keep safe online. During our whole school assembly, led by Miss Cornelius, we were reminded of our Online Safety advice at St Saviour’s: Zip it, Block it, Flag it. Children must keep personal information safe, block nasty messages or email attachments and always report to an adult if they are unsure of something.
Year Six Tech Team: Fake News Video
The Year Six Tech Team wrote, filmed and edited a fake news report that was shared in Assembly with the whole school. We discussed how reporting must be fair, balanced and factual (and picked out the parts of this news report that were misleading or bias). You can watch our video here:
KS1 are visited by a BBC Journalist
Years One and Two had the opportunity to ask a real BBC reporter today about what journalists must do in order to research and report accurately. Emily has been a journalist at the BBC for over 15 years, and gave us some great knowledge and ideas for how to spot fake news and how to interview people using the 5 Ws. She also told us that we need at least two trusted sources before we can report on a story.