Online Safety is the school's ability:
- to protect and educate pupils in their use of technology
- to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate
- to work in partnership with parents to safeguard our children online
Online Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- Online Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- Online Safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- Online Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- Online Safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
Our children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school we now have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind pupils of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Please have a look through some options that might help you with any Online Safety concerns
- Don't know an app from an apple? Vodafone's jargonbuster will help keep you up to date.
- Learn how to stay one step ahead of your children with fantastic 'how to' parental control guides, download the special edition of the Digital Parenting magazine.
- Watch the 'Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet. A light-hearted and fantastic video about how to protect your child online.
Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for parents, carers and children:
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online.
Net Smartz Kids – Click on the image opposite to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.
Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.”
Parentinfo.org - developed by The Parent Zone and the the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency.