The Internet can be a valuable resource for children and staff at school. The massive amount of information available online can encourage interactivity, communication, and learning. Access to the internet can help with homework, it can help with lessons, it can entertain, and it can also inspire.
At the same time the Internet can be a dangerous place and it is very important that all users of the Internet are aware of the potential hazards. Misinformation can be shared, offensive material can be found and social networking sites can be used as bullying grounds. This is why our school has an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (this can be download from the policies page) which outlines to you, and your children, safe working practices and procedures for reporting any breaches in security etc.
If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should discuss the matter immediately with the head teacher.
It is important, too, to know what you can do to help. You can help protect your children by following the simple steps below:
Keep a watchful eye on Internet use including E-mail & Chat
Check the history folder of your Internet browser to check what sites have been accessed
Use a child friendly search engine – http://www.squirrelnet.com/ or Ask for Kids etc
Consider purchasing filter software – netnanny, cyberbloc etc
Enable strict safe searching on search engines
It can also be helpful to talk openly about the reasons for doing the above.
Some useful sites to help children understand e-safety
Think You Know – this provides information for children, parents and schools about the sites that you like to visit.
CBBC StaySafe – the BBC provides a lot of fantastic content for children. Included in this is this page that gives information of staying safe online.
Chat Danger – it is very easy for bullying to take place via new technology. This site talks about how to stay away from danger when using mobile phones, computers and more.