What is online safety?
‘Online safety’ is a term used to describe how we keep children safe when they are using any kind of technology: including the internet, mobile phones and computer games. Children these days are ‘tech literate’ but it is important to remember that adults are ‘life literate’ – and just because children may be more confident than some adults in using the internet, they still need our involvement, advice and support.
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children in today’s society, both within school and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communication technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
Our school ensures that:
- pupils are responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use
- school ICT systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk
- parents and carers are aware of the importance of online safety and are involved in the education and guidance of young people with regard to their on-line behaviour
- pupils will have good access to ICT to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the pupils to agree to be responsible users
Please refer to our Online Safety Policy which can be found on our Policies page and our acceptable-use agreement for pupils.
Vodafone have a set of interesting and informative magazines on their website about children in today’s digital world. If you wonder what your children are talking about and would like to know how to keep them safe online, do have a look.
The National Crime Agency’s Thinkuknow website has guides and games about on-line safety and behaviour aimed various age groups (and adults).
As children may be keeping in touch with their friends using different apps on a computer or on a mobile telephone whilst at home, parents and carers are encouraged to read the following safety guidance posters about HouseParty and TikTok so that they are as safe as possible: HouseParty Safety Poster and Tiktok Safety Poster.