The internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. But just like the real world, there are risks and dangers young people need to be aware of. Parents, guardians, carers and teachers should all act to make sure they are able to inform and protect children in their care.
We encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to stay safe while online. In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere too. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use. E-safety is an important part of computing lessons in Years 1 and 2 with children learning about a range of issues including the need to keep personal information private and the importance of keeping happy and healthy while online. We teach our Early Years Children about e-safety through stories and other relevant media.
Each year we celebrate Safer Internet Day. This initiative prompts children to focus on their role in creating a safer internet community for everyone.
The best way to protect your children when they go online is to be informed yourself and make a safe online world part of your everyday life. We spend years training our children to cross the road and stay away from strangers in the outside world. It is just as important to train them to keep safe online.
Please be aware that Social Media Sites (e.g. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram etc.) have a minimum age requirement of 13+ in their terms and conditions.
The websites below provide useful information and will help you find the best ways to talk to your children about staying safe online: