With technology updating so quickly and becoming so much cheaper, it is fantastic that we now have the world at our fingertips and can learn in new and engaging ways. However, we have to make sure we are using new technology safely and appropriately and that our children are aware of the dangers of chatting online or sharing personal information. As part of both our PSHE and Computing curriculum, we have lots of discussions around using the internet safely.
There is a story called 'Smartie the Penguin' which raises issues in a way that young children can relate to. This story and others such as Penguin Pig are shared across school and are regularly revisited throughout the year to support our pupils in learning how to use technology safely.
Resources available for older KS1 children include 'Hector's World' - a series of cartoons about online safety and sharing 'personal information'. You can access the videos here: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld
And some interactive activities here: www.hectorsworld.com/island/index.html
You may also find some of these sites useful to support your child in using technology safely:
The link below also allows you to access a magazine which includes a guide to online safety:
Please come into school if you have any concerns at all and we'd be happy to help where we can.