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.
· Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
· Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
· Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
· Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
· You can also call ‘Childline’ on: 08001111 to talk to someone who can help.
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.