Technology is changing all the time. Games, apps and websites are being constantly updated as well as the devices that are used to go online. Young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways (social networking, video and music streaming as well as online gaming).
Children are now creating and uploading content to the internet. This is something that we are seeing more and more in school (even for younger children). As their confidence and skills in using this technology is increasing, their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers remains low.
Children and young people need to feel empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just a top down approach. Children will continue to push boundaries and take risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.
Do you know how to keep your children safe online? Do your children know how to keep safe online? At Woodland Grange we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum but we can only be successful if we work in partnership: pupils, parents and teachers.
For Safer Internet Day 2019 (Our internet, our choice) we have put adapted an assembly presentation. Please feel free to use it as a conversation starter, especially the scenario questions. What would your child choose to do?
Follow the links below to visit some websites with parent advice about e-safety. These include parentinfo which is a new collaboration between CEOP (child exploitation and online protection) and the Parent Zone. Here you will find up to date information on all elements of online safety including gaming, social media and online identities.
The NSPCC has put together some useful information for parents...
We expect all children at Woodland Grange to follow our acceptable use policy when using technology at school. Click on the link to download a copy (it could be useful at home too)...
Further resources for you download and print including conversation starters and the information sheet from our recent parent's forum meeting...