For our forth and final trip to Interland the children at Penpol School have been learning about how important it is to be kind and considerate online. This week, whilst learning how to Be Internet Kind we’ve been discussing a wide variety of topics including how positivity always beats negativity online and how a simple message can easily be mis-interpreted when you don’t understand the emotion it was sent with (i.e. try saying “whatever” in a happy voice, a sad voice, an angry voice and a joking voice – it has a totally different meaning!).
We also talked about how cyberbullies try to get other people to join in in order to strengthen their mean messages. We decided that it was always best to speak up to a trusted adult whenever we saw somebody being treated unfairly online and also that the best course of action was always to use kindness to help people who may be feeling upset.
Here are some photos of Class 9 enjoying the Kind Kingdom island on Interland as well as some really good advice from some of the children.
“It’s important to be kind because if somebody has been bullied online and a bystander isn’t kind to them then they could end up making the problem even worse. Without kindness we would end up with a world of mean people and nobody wants that!“ – Luke
“It’s not hard to be kind to others online and a quick message can make somebody feel much happier.” – Harrison
“Being kind is being nice to other people and yourself. That’s really important online because if you are kind to other people then they will be kind to you!” – William
“It makes other people happy when you are kind, and it’s just nice to be kind. If somebody was being cyberbullied you could send them a nice message to make them feel a little bit better and then you could tell an adult to get them some support” – Freya
All of the games that the children have been enjoying as part of the Internet Legends program are available to play at home for free on Interland here.