Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
At School when discussing the subject of staying safe online, we teach the children the importance and relevance of the '4 Cs': content, contact, conduct and commerce. It is useful for parents to reference these when talking to their children about safety online. For details please see our Child Protection Policy.
Download the Department for Education advice for parents on cyberbullying here
Access the Department for Education online parents support website called Parent Info here
ONLINE SAFETY AT SCHOOL
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. Each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child to sign an Acceptable Users Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. We have a group of Year 6 digital leaders in school, these children champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within our school and help to educate peers and teachers about staying safe online.
For our Online Safety Agreements, please click on the link below:
ONLINE SAFETY AT HOME
As a parent you will know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content on line. you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. The document below gives you some conversation starters to have with your child.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've included some guides for parents below to several popular children's online websites and social media which are fantastic resources, They contain information on how to help keep children safe.
Please see a checklist below to help your child stay safe on line; by following this simple checklist, you can start to protect your children and decrease the risks they face online.