Why is Internet Use Important?
The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards in computing and all other areas of the National Curriculum, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school's management information and administration systems.
Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. It is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Access to the Internet is therefore an entitlement for pupils who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. Our school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access, alongside a rigorous digital literacy programme to provide children with the knowledge and skills when dealing with e-safety issues, to become responsible and safe digital citizens.
Pupils who use the Internet outside school will need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.
Online Safety Progression of Skills using SWGFL Project EVOLVE toolkit
This page holds a collection of resources you may find useful when considering internet safety especially during COVID-19.
Thinkuknow are an online resource supporting e-safety during COVID-19, as part of their support package for parents they have produced a series of resources to support home learning:
Additionally, Childnet has created resources to support home learning, click here to access their materials.
You may find that your child is using apps you have limited knowledge of, parent guides for popular apps can be found below:
You may also find that your child is using devices you have limited knowledge of, parent guides for popular devices can be found below:
Stay safe on-line
Very occasionally, you might need help dealing with a serious problem.
Parent Zone offers guides to the key features of many popular apps and games, including the currently very popular Houseparty and Zoom. The NSPCC’s Net Aware site does a similar job. Remind your child that they can always speak to someone at Childline if something is worrying or upsetting them. Childline can be contacted via a call or online chat confidentially, about anything: 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk.
You or your child can also make a report to CEOP (www.ceop.police.uk). CEOP is a law enforcement agency that works to keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online – and you or your child can make a report if you’re worried about something that’s happened when talking to someone online. This may include being asked to meet face-to-face or being pressured into doing something they feel uncomfortable with.
After making a report, you and/or your child will receive support from a specialist Child Protection Advisor.
E-Safety depends on effective and proactive implementation at a number of levels:
- Responsible ICT use by all staff and pupils; encouraged by education and made explicit through published policies.
- Sound implementation of E-Safety policy in both administration and curriculum, including secure school network design and use.
- Safe and secure broadband from the Light Speed filtering including the effective management of content filtering.
The school has an appointed E-Safety Co-Ordinator (Mr Summerfield & Mrs Kelleher).
Our E-Safety Policy will be reviewed annually.