Children today have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment. The use of digital technology is now fully integrated into their daily lives and, as a result, young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting with a digital world in a variety of ways.
The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, however we must empower children and young people with the skills to keep them safe in this online world. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.
We are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers. We value computing within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing modern technology. From laptops to tablets, our children are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles.
This is why it is important pupils learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.The eSafety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly.
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet, both in school and at home. We have added some documents below that contain useful information on how to keep your children safe, tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of eSafety and specific advice on online gaming. We have also included various links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.
If you require any help or advice, or would like to read up on the latest news regarding online safety please follow the links below.
ThinkUKnow https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ and Safer Internet https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers also both offer excellent advice and help.
If you need to make a report, follow this link below to the CEOP - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/