New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.
The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students / pupils learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of
context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school.
Some of the dangers they may face include:
Many of these risks reflect situations in the off-line world and it is essential that this e-safety policy is used in conjunction with other school policies (eg behaviour, anti-bullying and child protection policies).
As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students’ / pupils’ resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks.
Know IT All is Childnet's multi award winning suite of education resources designed to help educate parents, teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet. Currently there are 4 KIA resources for Parents and Carers, Secondary Schools, Primary Schools and Trainee Teachers and all four resources include content for young people.
SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning) is the schools internet provider and has pioneered work in the field of Internet safety since 2003. They work to ensure that not only children are safer whilst online but also their parents and those working with them, where ever they are. It is SWGfL that provides the schools internet filtering.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of UK policing and dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. Their Thinkuknow 5 to 7 website is aimed at infant children.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: An Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline. The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:
Childline is a help line for children and can contacted about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you’re feeling worried, scared, stressed or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. They are able to offer information and support whenever needed.
Click on the link to view the SSCT Parents E-safety Newsletter, Summer 2015 (PDF document)
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ParentINFO - Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.
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