The internet is such an integral part of children’s lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at School, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. At St John and St Francis Church School, we teach our children to be responsible users of the internet by following our SMART rules which you can see explained here:
O2 have partnered with the NSPCC to produce some advice and support for parents in helping to keep their children safe online. Click the cover to find out more.
Social media is almost always used as a force for good, for example, for learning; sharing information; keeping in touch with loved ones; keeping informed with local, regional, national and international events; and keeping your finger on the pulse!
This said, we all recognise there are social media pitfalls, and some children will be vulnerable to being drawn into social media activity that is not appropriate for their age. Internet Matters contains some really useful information for parents, and we recommend clicking on the link below for a guide for parents/carers:
Internet Safety Day
be the change- make a better internet.
The children explored the idea of ‘Be the change, make a better internet’. We followed up work that takes place as part of their computing curriculum by talking about their conduct online and how they interact with one another. We also focused on the sharing of pictures, reiterating the ‘SMART’ rules. Talk to your child about these and see whether they can remember what they are.
A number of children spoken openly about some of the games or apps that they use at home that may not be age appropriate for them. Please take some time to look at our E-safety page of the website where you’ll find further advice about this. The app store, for example, will also provide age guidance for all of their apps with rationale behind their decisions. I have provided some screen shots of some of the apps the children mentioned using on the link above for you to look at.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Somerset County Council have the following two webpages to support families talking with their children about online safety: