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Safer Internet Day 2011

By , Tuesday, 8th February, 2011

Today is Safer Internet Day – a day designed to help children to learn essential skills about safe social networking.

This year’s theme, ‘It’s more than a game, it’s your life’, aims to get people thinking about safe and responsible use of the internet and social networking sites and highlights the importance of protecting privacy and digital reputation as well as the need for good online etiquette.

The key messages are:

  • Control your digital reputation – things you post online now can affect you in the future.
  • Protect your privacy – make decisions about who sees your information.
  • Be a good friend – treat others online as you want to be treated.

Safer Internet Day activities in Australia are coordinated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) as part of its cybersmart program. For resources and more information visit the ACMA cybersmart website.

There are quite a few good ideas over at Teaching Themes Staying Safe Online page. I included the Harry the Hacker activity (an activity asking how we can keep our passwords safe) on my homework sheet this week and I am looking forward to the answers coming back. Today we completed the “Who Would you Tell?” activity (an activity about Personal Information) and “True / False” (to see if kids could work out if someone was lying). I was really impressed with these activities.

Happy Limerick Day

By , Tuesday, 12th May, 2009

Today is Limerick Day. It celebrates the birthday of Edward Lear (1812 – 1888). Lear made limericks popular in his 1846 publication “A Book of Nonsense


What is a limerick?

A limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet.

A couplet is a two-line rhymed poem and a triplet is a three-line.

What are the typical characteristics of Limericks?

  • Limericks are a funny and nonsense poem.
  • They have five lines.
  • They have a rhyme scheme of A, A, B, B, A (lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme; lines 3 and 4 rhyme).
  • The syllabification is 8, 8, 5, 5, 8.

Did you know? Limerick is also a large city in Ireland.

What a limerick is in a crunch
Is a bit like a loony’s light lunch
Though it briefly delights
It’s just four nutty bites
Swallowed down with a ludicrous punch

By Graham Lester

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Do you have a favourite Limerick? Share it with us in the comments below.

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