Technology 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. New technology and communications are exciting but they are also rapidly changing and becoming increasingly more sophisticated. With that in mind, E-safety has become a very important issue in school to ensure that all children and adults remain safe.
In school we work hard with pupils, parents and staff to create a community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing children’s learning. We encourage responsible use of ICT and follow agreed policies to minimise potential risks. Through lessons, we ensure that pupils are aware of potential E-safety risks associated with the use of ICT and mobile technologies. We want pupils, parents and staff to feel able and safe to report incidents and ensure that all concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively. If we have concerns regarding E-safety within school, we report back to parents immediately.
What you can do at home
We understand that it an be difficult for adults to know what to do for the best when it comes to online safety. It can be hard to keep up with all the new technology that is coming out, but the main thing to remember is that whatever app, website or game becomes the new craze you need to:
- Stay vigilant to your child’s internet use and have open conversations about what they like to do.
- Remind them that the same social rules apply online as in real life, so be kind, polite and wary of strangers.
- Teach children about what the dangers are and what they can do if they get worried.
- Talk to older siblings about being considerate of their younger siblings age when watching things online with them.
- Don’t leave children alone with digital devices until you have shown them how to interact safely online and to tell you if something is wrong.
- Make sure you use parental settings on all of your devices and never let them play games with a PEGI rating too old for them.
- Above all, don’t feel ashamed about not knowing about every new technological development. Ask other parents or someone at school if you are worried.
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