Online access is now an integral part of life and an essential part of your child's future. Our emphasis is therefore to educate children and parents in the safe use of the internet.
WE USEExcellent Resources
We use some excellent resources to teach the children about safe practice and we constantly encourage them to report inappropriate contact to an adult. It is important for us to work closely with parents as control in the home is essential. The links below offer excellent support to parents.
Many children access social networking sites as early as Year 4. By the end of Year 5 we are aware that children are using email, instant messaging, social media and online gaming communication. This puts them at risk from outside influences and each other.
In school all children access the internet via our school 'Google for education' account. This is very safe and can be accessed from home. All children from Year 3 upwards have individual school email addresses and they know how to access their account.
If you have a concern about the online activity of your child, the links below will provide advice. If you would like our support, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Longdon at the email address below.
DO YOU HAVEE-Safety Concerns?
If you are worried about your child's activity or the activity of others, evidence is a very important part of our intervention. Please collect screenshots and email them to Mr. Longdon. Incidents will be treated as urgent and dealt with immediately using firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying and access the DofE online parents support website called 'Parent Info'.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in staff 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.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an 'Acceptable Use Agreement' so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe.
As a parent you'll 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.
We have found some conversation starter ideas from Childnet
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.