All children access the internet at school, at home or in places like libraries and clubs. It is vital that we promote the use of technology and the internet but also model to our children how to be a part of the digital world safely. Our children are privileged to be growing up in a digital age and are exploring the online world at a very young age. The internet provides children with excellent opportunities for learning, communicating with friends, developing new interests and hobbies as well as for entertainment but sometimes, children don’t realise that they can be as much at risk online as they are in the real world. This information aims to help you keep your children safe online by providing information on the risks and what action you can take to protect your child when they use the internet.
Faced with risks, you may be tempted to just stop your child from using the internet, but most children will be able to access it in other places. The best thing to do is to teach your child how to keep themselves safe online and take the following action yourself;
Use a child-friendly search engine such as Safe Search to block out unsuitable websites. http://primaryschoolict.com
Our school computer system is designed to protect your child from many of these risks by blocking children’s access to unsuitable websites and supervising internet use in the classroom. We use the filtering provider Netsweeper which is monitored daily and supervised by our IT Technicians as well as Mrs Jones. Lessons based on online safety are taught throughout the year using Project Evolve resources that use the Government's Education for a Connected World guidance. We promote the skills and values children need to grow into confident, knowledgeable and caring members of the online community – the ‘building blocks’ of digital citizenship.
To make sure they stay safe online, you should teach your child:
If you have any queries about supporting your child using the internet or understanding PEGI ratings on games and films please contact Mrs Wright or Mrs Jones.