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 and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps us to learn from eachother. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children should have an entitlement to safe Internet access at all times.
Online safety relates to the education of using new technology responsibly and safely, focussing on raising awareness of the core messages of safe content, contact, and commerce when using technology online. This can include accessing websites and online content, email, online chat rooms, mobile phones, gaming and games consoles, social networking sites, instant messaging, and viruses and spam.
At Metheringham Primary School we have invested in online safety training for all staff, children from Y2-Y6 and offered specific online safety training to parents. The training was designed to raise awareness of the advantages and risks of ICT and how to educate children to use the Internet safely. Unfortunately children can be at risk both in school and outside of school. Some of these dangers include:
Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content
Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information
The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet.
The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
Access to unsuitable video / internet games
An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
Plagiarism and copyright infringement
Illegal downloading of music or video files
The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
Below you can find links to useful websites that can raise awareness and support you in keeping your children safe online.
Cartoon 'Lee & Kim' if you have small children from 4 -- 7 years then you should let them view this short 10 minute cartoon, which is designed to keep them safe whilst online and more importantly, this cartoon teaches them in their early years.
The adventures of Kara, Winston and the smart crew, Chapter 1
Uploaded by Clifford Boobyer on 2009-04-22.
Jigsaw: for 8 -10 year olds
This is an assembly from CEOPs Thinkuknow education programme that helps children to understand what constitutes personal information. The assembly enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world.