Our aim is to ensure that all children are able to use the internet and online technologies in a respectful and safe manner. We understand that the internet provides a wealth of knowledge and opportunities and is usually used in a positive manner. However, we must ensure that children know what to do if things do go wrong and where to look for support and help. At Lainesmead, termly E-safety lessons are taught covering a range of online issues such as talking to online friends, searching safely online, keeping personal information private and being responsible for our online behaviour. We have regular discussions with children inline with the ever-changing internet and online apps and games to ensure their safety when accessing these resources. The children are talking to stay SMART when online.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2022 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. At Lainesmead, we celebrate with an 'E-safety Week' involving whole school assemblies and taught lessons in both key stages linked to the yearly theme. Children will engage in conversations linked to how to be safe online and give responses to given online scenarios.
We understand the importance of supporting parents to keep their children safe online at home. We encourage all parents to engage in regular conversations with their children about their online activity and encourage their children to share an concerns with a trusted adult. Please find below useful information for parents to support their child to access the online world safely as well as practical family activities to complete together.
Here are some excellent articles to help you understand what it means to be safe on line. Also, there are articles that talk about social media trends. You can view the full site at www.parentinfo.org
DISCOVER - travel the world without leaving your rooms by typing a landmark or postcode into Google earth and other similar software. Continue to learn outside the classroom by using some of the interactive educational games.
CONNECT - Stay in touch with each other in a variety of ways.
CREATE – Upload your own content for the whole world to see. Animations, podcasts or your own story!
In order to fully enjoy your online experience it is really important to make sure you are SAFE while using the internet. Take a look at any of these excellent websites to find out more about staying safe online.
One of the key factors to staying safe online is protecting your privacy. This is often overlooked and most Internet safety resources focus on the obvious aspects such as not talking to strangers online etc whereas we dig into what parents, carers, and educators can do to ensure children can enjoy the Internet safely.