The Internet has become an everyday part of our lives. We use it daily as a tool to improve teaching and learning, to access information from around the world, talk to friends and help with our work. It is an immense environment offering a wealth of resources that benefit us all. However, it is essential that we all learn how to behave responsibly online both at home and at school.
We believe that the benefits to children from access to the resources of the Internet far exceed any possible disadvantages. Potential and actual issues that have been highlighted by the media concern all schools, we recognise that whilst some of the media interest is hype, there is genuine cause for concern that children might access unsuitable material accidentally. By its nature, the internet is ever-changing and loopholes can develop, within school the combination of site-filtering, of supervision and fostering a responsible attitude in our children helps keep children safe and helps build each child’s digital resilience.
We develop a responsible attitude in children through focusing on underpinning knowledge and behaviours about using technology, including the internet, safely in school and beyond. Our computing curriculum together with our Personal, Social, Health, Relationships and Economic curriculum cover online safety at all stages.
We recognise the need to create a safe environment to teach online safety in which children feel comfortable to say what they feel and to talk about their experiences.
All online safety education is underpinned by our belief that the responsibility for setting and conveying the standards that children are expected to follow, when using media and information resources, is one the school shares with parents and guardians.
On this page we have put together some resources that you may find helpful. If you If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or any member of the school leadership team.
Government Advice for Keeping Children Safe Online
The latest advice is dated 11th February 2021
|Keeping Children Safe Online- Government Advice for Parents and Carers
National Online Safety
This website produces online safety guides to help parents support their children to use the internet safely. Each Wednesday a new guideis added to the website.
The guides give an outline of the games and sites children are accessing and some ideas of how you can help your children can use them safely .
We have attached some below . We have chosen these as they reflect either what the children in our school are telling us they use or things that you, as parents, are telling us you are concerned about.
More information for parents about e-safety can be found by clicking on the commonsense media website link below. This website also contains information about film and game age ratings.
This is a portal with information that will help you learn, talk about and deal with everything that matters when it comes to the safety of your children online.
The website provides information on a range of issues – social networking, cyberbullying and more – as well as expert advice for what to do if your family is affected by any of them.
You’ll also find handy tips about starting – and continuing – the conversation with your children about their experiences online, which is widely considered among the most effective ways to help keep them safe.