Pupil Wellbeing | Online Safety
The internet is a fantastic resource that offers adults and children alike a wealth of experiences, information and connection that they wouldn’t otherwise have. It allows us to share and collaborate like never before, and, when used responsibly, it enhances lives and learning. However, we must also be aware of some of the risks that internet use presents. Children are living an increasing amount of their lives online, and it is involved in all areas of our lives: almost everything in our homes connects to it. With children now having their own phones and tablets and internet use difficult to monitor at all times, it is our joint responsibility to ensure we raise children to be mature, discerning and digitally literate; we must empower them to engage responsibly and use their powers of critical thinking to make positive choices and impact online.
At Southwark Primary, our vision is a school community that embraces the use of different technologies to enhance learning and thinking, as well as teaching all of our children how to be safe and responsible digital citizens who make informed decisions about their actions online.
Children are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, keeping personal information private; they recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and can identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
We believe that regular, open conversations between parents, carers and children about using the internet is ultimately the best way to keep children safe online. While there are huge benefits to being online, it is important to be aware that any time children use the Internet, they face some potential risks. We believe understanding what your child is doing online helps keep them safe online: make talking about what they do online a normal part of everyday life, rather than something that only happens when there’s a problem or issue.
In this day and age, online safety has to be more than a reminder not to speak to strangers online. As children begin to navigate the internet and use it in different ways as they grow older, their own personal conduct online is also an area where they need guidance. We believe it is important to teach children about both the technological and social and emotional aspects of being safe and successful online.
Please click on the following links for support with keeping your child safe online:
Talking to your child about their internet use is the best way to identify problems they might be facing and enable you to support them through difficulties – be open and honest.
Please click on the document below which gives both parents and children really useful information on how to stay safe online.
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