The internet plays a big part in children’s lives, it gives them many amazing opportunities. However, we have to do all we can to ensure the internet is a safe place for all children to explore.
Regardless of whether we like it or not, technology is advancing these days at an ever increasing rate. As a result we are acutely aware that ‘safety’ whilst using e-mail and the Internet is becoming more and more difficult to control.
Whilst in school, the children adhere to the contracts that they sign at the start of each academic year. These contracts promote ‘good practice’ that hopefully the children adopt whilst using IT resources at home. While using the Internet in school, the children at St Andrew’s are well protected from harmful sites and information as a result of the impressive ‘filter’ provided by Lancashire Education Authority.
Our SMART rules are:
S encourages users to stay SAFE by not giving out personal details online.
M highlights the dangers of MEETING someone who you only know online.
A warns users that accepting emails, pictures or texts from unknown people can be risky.
R reminds us that information and people we find online may not be reliable.
T encourages children to always tell a parent, carer or trusted adult if something or someone online makes them feel uncomfortable.
It sometimes feels like the children are always one step ahead of us adults when it comes to the latest place to communiucate between themselves and their friends and also on issues such as which social networking site is the best. As a result, we feel it is appropriate to offer support and advice as to how to keep children safe whilst visiting such sites and in the general use of computers at home.
Below – we have collated links to several websites where good advice can be found. These range from government backed sites to independent sites that give simple and effective advice on topics ranging from general advice on Internet use to the more unsavoury aspects of technology such as CyberBullying. If you need to report anything you or your child finds then click on the CEOP link below.
If you feel you need to speak to someone from school regarding this, please e-mail us and we will get in touch. If you know of any other sites that you feel would be of benefit to other parents please let us know.Get Safe Online Kidsmart Wisekids Think You Know NSPCC
As a school, we fully support and recommend Facebook’s rule that users should be 13 or over. However, we are aware that some primary-age children may use Instagram, and in these cases, we want to support parents with their child’s use. Should you find yourself in this situation, please read the attached parents’ guide to Instagram.
As a school, we fully support and recommend Instagram’s rule that users should be 13 or over. However, we are aware that some primary-age children may use Instagram, and in these cases, we want to support parents with their child’s use. Should you find yourself in this situation, please read the attached parents’ guide to Facebook.