As our school becomes increasingly active in the world of digital learning, communication and content (blogging, Twitter, website, email, ‘the cloud’ etc) 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.
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.
The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, 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 undertook extra activities on the ever increasing notion of how to keep safe online. Now, therefore, is a good time to remind you of 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.
In Year 1, the children are introduced to our AUP (Agreed Use Policy) and then again in Year 3. The children are reminded of these AUPs and that they have been shared with their parents and agreed to.
This is an important and useful document filled with advice and guidance for how to ensure you and your family have a better and safe experience when online – Digital Parenting
It’s not just through our computing curriculum that we teach children how to stay safe online. It is also through our CPSHE – Citizenship, 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.
We have rigorous filtering systems in place but we recognise that it’s not as easy to enforce in the family home. Online Safety Evening Invitation