The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun.
However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there. (http://www.ceop.police.uk )
In our schools, Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.
Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:
- bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
- the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting
Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:
- online safety and associated issues
The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues.
What does OFSTED say:
Schools to work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.
Schools to provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for online safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies.
Schools to systematically review and develop their online safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
What does the Computing Curriculum say:
KS1: use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
KS2: use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Copies of the full documents can be found by clicking the links below:
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying, and research reveals it has increased to affect 12% of young people in this country.
This Guidance is designed to support schools in preventing and responding to cyberbullying.
A short film raising awareness of Safer Internet Day 2017 with parents and carers and encouraging them to have a conversation with their children about the internet.
Parents and carers can find more about Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.uk