The internet – in general, is an exciting, inspirational and informative place. It has become an integral part of our lives, that offers many positive opportunities. The internet is an amazing resource, which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.
Children from a very early age are increasingly using the Internet more and more, whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, internet safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online is essential. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however, children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. Just as we want to keep our children safe in the real world, we will want to do the same in the virtual world.
Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary, depending on their age and online activities. It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm but it is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.
Online Safety Documents
If you have any concerns regarding safeguarding please do not hesitate in contacting Mrs Maguire or in her absence Mrs Dixon or Mrs Colley.
Online Safety in the Curriculum
We believe pupils should learn about keeping safe online and as such we follow the Education for a Connected World - 2020 edition through a scheme of work provided by Project Evolve.
Children have the right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces, and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring to them, appropriate to their age and stage. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.
This framework describes the knowledge, understanding and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, how to get support, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely.
Children and young people’s online activity and behaviour can be different both within and across an age range. This framework is intended to be used flexibly in order to support learning that is relevant to children and young peoples’ online behaviour and experiences and matched to their readiness for new learning.
Education for a Connected World - Programme of Study
Useful Online Safety Websites