Today’s pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. We want our pupils to be equipped with the knowledge needed to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way, so they are able to reap the benefits of the online world. Therefore online safety forms a core part of the Computing Curriculum at Barnfield Primary School alongside additional lessons completed within PSHE. Children are regularly reminded of the importance of acting responsibly online, the need to think critically when reading content to determine its trustworthiness, and strategies that they can use to keep themselves safe when online.
We teach Online Safety using objectives from the document “Education for a Connected World”, which we can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-for-a-connected-world
Online safety advice for parents and carers
It’s worth looking at each of the following sites to get a balanced view of the potential risks of what is really an invaluable resource.
Internet matters.org A really useful site with, among other things, information about how to set up parental controls on devices around your home.
Get Safe On Line This is a UK Government sponsored site containing lots of helpful information.
The Virtual Global Taskforce The VGT is an international organisation dedicated to making the internet a safer place, especially for children. It was set up by police forces in Britain, America, Canada and Australia.
Internet Watch Foundation Here you can report any illegal content that you come across on the internet.
Short video for parents: delivering online safety at home.
The website https://www.kidsonlineworld.com/apps.html gives parents and carers guidance about games/apps that children may be using at home.
Please check the age ratings and talk to your child about what they are doing online.
Thank you to everyone who attended our latest workshop for parents/carers – A copy of the slides can be found here:
Online Safety – Parents and carers workshop slides