The internet can be a wonderful learning tool, but if children are to use it safely, it makes sense to establish rules for good practice with them right from the start.
Here at Saint Mary's, E safety is an important part of our ICT curriculum. It underpins all of our ICT teaching.
As we prepare pupils for the digital world our computing curriculum is designed to inspire children with the desire to learn and the confidence to succeed!
Children are encouraged to use the internet at all times and the importance of e-safety is interwoven through the whole curriculum and continuously revisited. Children are routinely taught about e-safety using age-appropriate material and advice from CEOP (Centre for Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Check out the documents and links for more information.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Tips for staying safe online:
· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.