Northleach C of E Primary School

In the Net

Year 4 had a super afternoon at Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School watching an interactive play, ‘In the Net’, presented by the Alter Ego Company. The play told the story of Dotty, a 7 year old girl, who gets a new iPad for her birthday. She spends the day online making a new best friend called Jenny, posting information and pictures about herself online, exploring websites and being unkind to a girl called Ava on FriendsNet.

Suddenly, Dotty is sucked into the internet where she meets Icon who tells her that she wasn’t being safe or very nice to people online. Virus and Spam, who also live in the internet, have found out all about Dotty from everything she posted online and try to find her by following her digital footprint.

Dotty then meets Password, the gatekeeper to the super highway, who asks Dotty 2 important questions: How do you think Ava felt when you posted those horrible things about her online? and Have you ever bullied anyone in the playground?. Dotty learns an important lesson – when you are on the internet you should treat people the same as you do in real life. Never bully anyone online. If anyone bullies you online, tell someone, an adult or a teacher.

Finally, Dotty meets Uh-oh, who explains he is the feeling you get when you get when you go on a website that makes you feel scared/upset/worried. Dotty learns that if this happens, close the lid and get an adult.

To return home Dotty has to answer these 7 questions:

  1. Is it true/false that bullying online is not as bad as bullying someone in real life?
  2. What should children do if they are being bullied online?
  3. Why is it important to keep your personal information safe online?
  4. What should you every do if you get that uh-oh feeling when online?
  5. Why is it important to get permission and tell a grownup what websites you are going on online?
  6. Why is it important to be careful when chatting to someone online?
  7. What should children do if they have any concerns or questions about today?

We are very pleased to say that Dotty answered all the questions correctly and returned home!

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed this play and learned so much about keeping themselves safe online.