We are all concerned with ensuring that our young people grow up with the right skills to enable them to navigate the online world safely and effectively. We know how intrinsically linked our lives are to the internet - and nowhere is this more apparent than in children and young people - so we need to be able to protect ourselves from the potential pitfalls and harm that can be experienced online. A joint approach between home and school is the best way to keep our children safe. Below are a series of resources that could be used at home to help support the message that pupils are getting in school and to help parents to have informed and empowered conversations about technology.
National Online Safety (nationalonlinesafety.com) is a UK based organisation with a mission to make the internet a safer place for young people. The following guides highlight some of the most recent trends in internet use as well as some of the more enduring issues.
If you have a specific concern regarding online safety that is not covered by these guides, please get in touch with Mr. Caves in school (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice.
Click on the following links for more information (there are more links on the right of the page):
Social Media is both a great tool to be mastered and utilised positively, but also a potential risk to young people. We work hard in school to educate pupils about the benefits and pitfalls of social media through PSHE lessons and assemblies. Still we see some making mistakes - and it is no wonder - this is an area of growing up that warrants as much attention and guidance as any academic subject. Positive conversations at home about social media are believed to be helpful in this regard. The following video is taken from Thinkukno.co.uk which is an education programme established by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
Safer Internet Day 2021 takes place globally on 9 February. The theme in the UK this year is, "An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world".
The UK safer internet centre has many resources available to parent to support conversation with young people. It also has some top tips for 11-18 year olds relating to becoming a critical consumer of online information - a vital 21st century skill.
If you have concerns regarding your child's use of online technology or social media, please talk to us in school. Speak to your son's Head of Year or to the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and we can work together to address the issue.