As we all spend more and more time online, teaching media literacy to children is becoming increasingly important.
It's crucial that we teach pupils to think critically about the content that they consume and create online - both for their own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of others.
The internet is a massive source of information - not all of it real. While children have the technical skills to find information quickly, they don't always have the critical thinking skills needed to decide which content is safe or potentially harmful.
That's where Natterhub’s online learning platform comes in. Built for primary school pupils aged 5-11, it's designed to look and feel like social media, but comes with high-quality lessons and resources to give children the media literacy skills they need.
We tend to think of 'literacy' as being a child's ability to read and write, which we can assess with things like reading comprehension and spelling tests. Media literacy is about a child's ability to use the internet and other digital tools, and includes things like:
Children developing these media literacy skills should also know how screens affect their physcial and mental wellbeing, and when it's time to take a break.
With Natterhub’s online lessons and resources, teachers and parents can guide children through these kinds of lessons in a safe environment that encourages them to experiement and make mistakes.Assessment
Natterhub provides access to a whole range of media literacy lesson plans. The platform lets you filter these lessons by year group, reward certificates and keywords - making it simple to deliver the right lesson plans at the right time. This includes social media literacy lesson plans, and privacy online safety guides for KS1 and KS2 children.
We also have handy resources for parents of KS1 and KS2 children too, including family agreements for discussing boundaries on screen time and privacy posters reminding children what is and isn't appropriate share online.
As part of the compulsory RSHE curriculum, schools will be required to deliver valuable Relationships & Health Education lessons.
In fact, children as young as five are already taught to recognise the importance of personal privacy, of respecting others’ and boundaries with personal space. They're also taught to understand that there are appropriate and inappropriate ways of touching one another, and that we're in control of our own bodies.
All of these lessons apply to digital spaces as much as the real world. People use all kinds of devices and digital spaces to connect and communicate, but this can leave many people, especially children, exposed and vulnerable to all kinds of difficult situations.
Parents can find all sorts of useful resources on Natterhub to help young children understand what they should and shouldn't share online - including our Privacy Posters for KS1 and KS2. Using this content, teaching E safety planning is made simple: helping children learn to plan and practice safe internet use.
Natterhub’s curriculum-aligned RSHE materials are designed to help children build digital empathy, kindness and resilience - skills they can use to develop positive, respectful relationships both online and offline while staying safe at the same time.