As our school becomes increasingly active in the world of digital learning, communication and content there is a real need to recognise that digital technologies are used by people in ways that can create very serious difficulties (or worse) for children. As a school we wish to do all we can to safeguard children and to promote new ways of working.
The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, complete online learning, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of school brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.
Although ongoing, each class undertakes extra activities during February on the ever increasing notion of how to keep safe online. There are many suitable websites which include a wealth of information for parents and carers. The websites below are worth visiting to find out more about internet safety and the safe use of developing technologies.
Increasingly our lives, and those of our children, revolve around digital technology. Devices bring many advantages, opportunities and pleasure but as the pace of development is so rapid it can be difficult to keep up to ensure secure and safe accessibility to online material, particularly through mobile/game technology.
Our school has policies in place to ensure our children are learning in a safe and secure environment which includes being safe online. This session for parents/carers has been organised to help you to contribute to the process of helping your child to be aware of the potential risks associated with using the internet and modern technologies.
The ever changing world of social media which our children master and adapt to so quickly can sometimes leave us as parents feeling ignorant and powerless. This opportunity to gain some insight and knowledge will be of great benefit in helping ensure they use social media both appropriately and safely.
The session will address the following areas with time for you to ask questions:
What are our children doing online and are they safe?
Do they know what to do if they come across something suspicious?
Are they accessing age-appropriate content?
How can I help my child stay safe online?
What do I need to know about chat rooms, Snapchat, Instagram etc?
Safer Internet Day 9th February 2021: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world. Safer Internet Day explored reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction? Safer Internet Day was celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.
Safer Internet Day 2020 was celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 11th February, focusing on the theme of: ‘Free to be’ – looking at identity online. The aim of Safer Internet Day was to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
It’s not just through our computing curriculum that we teach children how to stay safe online. It is also through our PSHE – Personal, Social, Health education and our School Values.
We aim to develop the whole child, to teach the children in our care how to treat others and how to keep themselves safe. We provide the tools, supported by our parents and guardians.
Online safety is taught but also reinforced throughout our computing sessions. The children are reminded what to do if they see something online which makes them feel uncomfortable, for example, switch off the monitor or close the laptop. That way we can look at what they’ve seen and act upon it appropriately.
A huge thank you to our IT Technician for presenting our Online Safety Session. There were so many important messages about how we can help to keep pour children safe whilst online! We filmed the session for those adults who were unfortunately unable to attend.