With technology updating so quickly and becoming so much cheaper, it is fantastic that we now have the world at our fingertips and can learn in new and engaging ways. However, we have to make sure we are using new technology safely and appropriately and that our children are aware of the dangers of chatting online or sharing personal information. As part of our PSHE curriculum, we have had lots of discussion about using the internet safely and we felt that the children all responded well to it.
On-line or E-Safety is a term which encompasses both the internet and other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media e.g. smart phones, tablets and gaming consoles. It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies, whilst minimising risk to themselves and others.
The aim is to protect young people from adverse consequences as a result of their use of electronic communication, including from accessing inappropriate content, harmful material, bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation.
We are aware that many children have access to the internet at their fingertips, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we provide children with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and ways to report situations in which they feel uncomfortable.
An Online-Safety unit is taught termly to all pupils each year explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Please come into school if you have any concerns at all and we'd be happy to help where we can.
Internet Matters - https://www.internetmatters.org/
Report Online Abuse - Internet Watch Foundation - https://www.iwf.org.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk