Our children are growing up in a world full of information and rich with opportunity. However, with this increased access to information and communication comes a heightened danger.
At Walgrave we are passionate users of technology and as part of our curriculum we teach children how to stay safe online and how to report concerns if they have them. All children get to work alongside James Daimond - an E-Safety consultant - and we maintain a vigilant approach to internet use in school.
In addition to this, we:
- Use an internet service which is highly filtered and closely monitored and updated (Exa-Networks)
- Only allow supervised internet use in school
- Highlight the risks children may encounter online through training and posters around the school
- Offer E-Saftey training events for parents
- Teach children to understand how their online communications are different from their face to face interactions
- Create a climate of openness and trust so that children can speak to adults in the school about any concerns they may have about online material
However, children are curious and it is understandable that sometimes they will encounter material that causes them concern or upsets them during their online lives. As a school we work closely with the Local Authority to support parents in keeping children safe online. We advise that as parents or carers you should:
- Talk to your child about the websites that they use. By understanding and involving yourself in their internet use, you're helping to keep them safe.
- Be positive about the internet and remember that it is a fantastic learning and communication tool.
- Try not to overreact to minor issues. If your child worries that you may take away their internet access, they could become secretive and hide problems from you.
- Keep PCs, laptops and games consoles out of bedrooms wherever possible. Having the laptop in a family room makes it easier for you to monitor your child's internet use, whilst still giving them privacy.
- Set clear ground rules and expectations for your child's online behaviour. If they understand what is and isn't acceptable, it may help them to navigate any problems in the future.
There are some excellent resources online to support E-Safety. We recommend the following clickable links
- The Northamptonshire County Council E-Saftey Page
- James Diamond Training
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
If you have any concerns about your child's online safety please contact Mr Ayton directly via his email address firstname.lastname@example.org or the Local Authority's E-Safety team at email@example.com