Our children are growing up in a world where technology plays a vital role in their lives and it is therefore our intention to introduce pupils to computers as soon as they enter Nursery and to develop key skills throughout the school. Children use computers to develop skills in understanding technology, programming, digital literacy and being safe online. We have a comprehensive scheme of work to teach children about online safety from Foundation through to Year 6 and staff regularly deliver assemblies on current online issues
We benefit from using a computer suite weekly and having laptops for each key stage to support and develop learning in all areas of the curriculum, where appropriate. As children progress through the school, they will be encouraged to use and explore the capacity of a computer and to analyse for themselves how the computer can support their learning. We use an online platform called Purple Mash which children use across the curriculum.
How can I help my child?
- Help them learn mouse control, keyboard and touchpad skills.
- Monitor your child when using the internet.
- Remind your children about safety.
- Conversation starters
- Family devices document
- Family agreement
Online Safety is an essential part of a child's education. It helps them act in a safe way and helps protect them from issues that can arise. We have placed some tips and links below with some suggestions on how to get you started and help you to stay safe and positive online.
Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology and where they go for information online. Listening to your child will give you the best possible idea of how you can support them.
Set an example
If you come across a fake news story, or get sent a phishing email, discuss with your child how you spotted it and what you did. Why not ask them for a second opinion? Your child may have already heard about it or seen something similar, and if not, it’s a learning opportunity for both of you. Seeing a parent actively question and evaluate online content teaches young people the importance of doing the same.
Check in with your child
False and misleading content online can be upsetting and confusing, e.g. harmful claims that target specific groups, or unhealthy lifestyle tips. Young people may feel powerless when faced with the amount of unreliable content they see. Regularly check-in with your child about their online life and ask them how what they see makes them feel. This is an issue that affects all of us. Reassure your child that you are there to talk about things that upset them and to support them with how they feel.
Seek help and support
Just as we ask young people to talk about what they are unsure of, make sure you do too! Chances are that you’ll find other parents or carers who are trying to figure out how to help their family avoid false information and get the most out of the internet.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online include:
- o Childline- for support
- o UK Safer Internet Centre- to report and remove harmful online content
- o CEOP- for advice on making a report about online abuse
- o Internet matters- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- o London Grid for Learning- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- o Net-aware- for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- o Parent info- for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- o Thinkuknow- for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- o UK Safer Internet Centre- advice for parents and carer