The internet can be a excellent resource for information, learning and for entertainment. As pupils gain more skills and knowledge of technology, they become more adventurous in their use. It is therefore very important that parents and carers know exactly what their children are looking at and accessing on the internet. All children need to be aware of the dangers and how to keep themselves safe online.
Online Behaviour and Safety is at the heart of our learning environment. Each year, we recognise Safer Internet Day and invite Online Behaviour and Safety specialists to talk with our children and parents. The message is delivered throughout the year and then emphasised during Anti-Bullying Week. The Police are also active, delivering assemblies on Stranger Danger with a focus on Online Behaviour. Children create their own class contracts and outline how they will use their iPads and how they will stay safe online. Children are aware that all school online activities are monitored and filtered by our IT support, IT Systems, and should anything cause concern, the children must report it to a member of staff.
Although it is a brilliant tool and resource, the internet poses one of the biggest threats to your children’s safety. As a school we do all we can to ensure that the children understand how they can protect themselves online. www.thinkuknow.co.uk provides parents with the following advice.
Our key messages for Online Behaviour and Safety are outlined in Kidsmart's Poster below. We embed the message that Nothing is Private once it is posted online. We encourage children to discuss their online activities with their parents or carers and to make sure that someone they trust has access/passwords to their device (inline with Police guidance to support with 'The Magic Hour' in the event of a Missing Person Incident)
Provides guidance on how to stay safe online for parents and children
Advice from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Understanding the internet and what the risks are of grooming, mobiles, gaming, social networking and chat.
Advice on search engine trends.
Help and advice to keep your children safe on line.
A site that provides advice about different ways of staying safe and secure on social media.
A site that provides a advice about different ways of staying safe and secure on social media.
This website will provide you with information and signs to look out for.
A booklet for parents on all types of chat from instant messaging and chat rooms to mobile phones.
A website with information on how to protect children's privacy on smartphones and computers.