Children now access the internet on a regular basis both at school and at home, using a range of devices including iPads, tablets, mobile phones, laptops and desktop computers. The internet is a rich and valuable learning resource and we know that the use of technology can enhance learning for children. It is important that we all work together to ensure that children get the most from these opportunities by encouraging responsible and appropriate online behaviour.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. E-Safety is also an important component of our computing curriculum and E-Safety activities are used throughout the year to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, children sometimes have unsupervised access to the internet. This potentially allows then to access a variety of online content, both good and bad, and bring it into their home. It also means that children can make friends with people worldwide through the internet and feel as if they know these people, when of course they may not. It is important therefore to monitor internet use at home, including social interactions your child may be having, and take appropriate steps to keep your children safe.
Here are some useful tips to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Set up your computer in a shared area at home
- Ensure internet parental controls are activated to filter inappropriate content
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online
- Encourage children to talk to you about anything they are not comfortable with online.