Orchard Head Junior, Infant & Nursery School

E-Safety


At school, we take the safety of our pupils very seriously, including their safety when they access the internet.  

Children today have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment.  The use of digital technology has been completely normalised by this generation, and it is now fully integrated into their daily lives. 

Technology is changing all the time and young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways. 

Children are increasingly referred to as ‘digital natives’: citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low. 

Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just a top down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking 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? Do your children know how to keep safe?

We would like this approach to e-safety to be evident in the home environment too, so we would like to share  some tips and resources with you, to help you to guide your child/ren and to keep up to date in a digital world:

Please see the following link to Orchard Head School's E-Safety Policy:

E-Safety Policy Sept 2015

  • A helpful site is "UK Safer Internet Centre":

This site advises parents/carers to take four steps:

  1. Have ongoing conversations with your child/ren about staying safe online
  2. Use safety tools on social network and other online services, e.g. Facebook privacy settings
  3. Decide whether you want to use parental controls on your home internet
  4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in the 'Parents' Guide to Technology' section of the website.

Digital Parenting (PitDA), Internet Watch (IWF) and Comparitech are three other useful sites for parents:

                                               

There are three areas to think about:

  1. WHO your child is talking to
  2. WHAT they are doing
  3. WHERE they are going online

Another useful article is "Internet Safety" by Ben Taylor.  Please click on the link below to download it:

 

Other useful links: