What information online is reliable? New video for use with 6-9 year olds.

Posted on 14 May 2020

We have just launched the latest of our free video resources which families can use together over the coming weeks. This video focusses on what information is reliable online.

What are the SMART with a heart video lessons? 

The SMART with a heart video lessons are a series of six interactive videos. Each one works through one of our SMART rules to introduce simple online safety advice to children and their families.

Who are they designed for?

All the videos are designed for children aged 6-9 years old who should work through them with an adult. We want them to be a fun way of starting important conversations about how to use the internet safely and positively at home.

What is the latest film about and what does it cover?

The R rule video is all about reliability online, and helping children find ways to check that what they see or read online is trustworthy. It helps children understand that not everything online is reliable, and how and why some things might not provide accurate information. It also gives them some tips on how to check whether something they look at online is reliable or not.

What does someone need to complete it?

Nothing is needed, except a way to watch the video. For parents, we recommend watching the video together with your child, as there are lots of opportunities for discussion. You might want a pen and paper handy to jot down any notes, but it’s not essential.

What do parents need to know before starting?

Nothing! The video does all the hard work for you – delivering key advice and opening up conversations about your child’s online life. If you want to feel extra prepared, our hot topic on Critical Thinking is written to support parents and carers with this particular area and includes top tips and conversation starters to use with children of different ages.

Are there any related resources you would recommend for parents to follow up with?

Look out for the other video in this series, as critical thinking plays a part in the other SMART rules too. You can also take a look at the ‘Get Answers’ section of our website written specifically for primary aged children. Each section includes a short quiz which you could do together with your child. Alternatively, something like the Family Agreement is a great way to build on the conversations started here, and if you enjoy the video, we have a range of other online safety activities you can do from home available on our website.

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