The Internet is becoming as commonplace as the telephone or TV in today’s society; it has become an essential life-skill for education, business and social interaction. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils. When using the internet, young people need to be protected from dangers including violence, racism and exploitation. Much of the material on the Internet is published for an adult audience and therefore may be unsuitable for pupils. They need to learn to recognise and avoid any potential risks – to become “Internet Wise”. Pupils need clear guidance in order to prepare them to respond appropriately to any situation, for the inevitable moment when they come across inappropriate material or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
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? At Edmund de Moundeford we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers.
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.