The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.
Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.
Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Schools should be aware of the potential dangers taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
This area of our school website is dedicated to helping users better understand the issues around online safety and manage the risks more effectively.
Teaching Safe Use of the Internet and ICT
We believe that it is crucial to teach pupils how to use the Internet safely, both at home and at school, and we use the Kidsmart safety code to support our teaching in this area.
Kidsmart has been developed by the Childnet charity and is endorsed by the DfES
The main aspects of this approach include the following five SMART tips:
Safe – Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online.
Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’/carers’ permission and then when they are present.
Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don’t really know or trust can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
Reliable – someone online may be lying and not be who they say they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.
Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
If you have any concerns or worries about your child and online safety and would like further advice, please contact Mrs Harrison.
Internet Safety Guidance for Parents
NSPCC ShareawareStraightforward, no-nonsense advice will untangle the web, and show you how you can be just as great a parent online, as you are the rest of the time. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
ThinkuKnowGuide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting and online gaming.
CEOPWorks across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse; includes information and advice for parents, news, and a facility to report abuse.
ChildnetChildnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people.
KidsmartLearn about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
BBC – CBBC Stay SafeTest your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
Disney OnlineKeep safe with Doug…find out lots of useful information!