Last week, as part of Safer Internet Day 2019 Mr Little and Mrs Weet conducted an experiment with all classes in Year 3 to see just how safe we really were while using the internet.
For the experiment we were told that we would be playing an online game on the iPad. The game we played was Yahtzee. We had to roll five dice to try and get the highest score possible. After a while we noticed that this game had a chat feature and that we had received a message from someone called TackyEagle9155. We chatted to this boy and he seemed really nice, he told us his name was Jake, he was seven years old, and that he goes to little oaks primary school. He asked for our personal information and we told him our full name, age, address, school name, teacher, Playstation username and even a description of what we look like. Unfortunately, we weren’t really playing against Jake, we were really playing against Mr Little. We didn’t realize that people aren’t always who they say they are on the internet and that giving away our personal information could have put us in lots of danger.
Here are some of our reflections:
How did you feel when you found out you were playing against Mr Little?
- I felt nervous when I found out it wasn’t Jake because we had shared lots of personal information with him. Luckily, we weren’t in real danger because it was Mr Little not a Stranger.
- I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t realise how dangerous giving away my information can be.
- I felt a little sick when I found out I wasn’t talking to Jake. I gave away lots of my personal information that could have put me in danger. In future, I will make sure I only play online with people I know.
- I felt scared when I found out it was really Mr Little because if it was a stranger they could have used my personal information to find me. I am going to make sure I don’t share any personal information online.
We also created our own rules for staying safe online.
Year 3 rules for using the internet.
- ONLY speak online to people you know in real life.
- NEVER give any personal information, like where you live or the name of your school, when talking to people on the internet.
- NEVER use your full name on the internet. Always use a nickname.
- NEVER arrange to meet up with someone you have never met before.
- ALWAYS tell a trusted adult if you think that something is wrong and block anybody who asks for your personal information.
- REMEMBER to have fun but stay safe when using the internet.