Discussions around Internet safety play an important role in the work we do in school and e-safety skills are integral to the new Computing curriculum so as to ensure that we safeguard our young people against the pitfalls of accessing online platforms.
The Internet is a powerful tool and when used sensibly is an amazing resource that allows our pupils to learn, connect and communicate. We want to take this opportunity to share with you the key messages that we are giving to our children via the attached resources and draw your attention to the Supporting Young People Onlinedocument from Childnet International. Through this we can be consistent with the advice and support we are offering our children both at home and in school.
In an age where technology and software appear to change on an almost daily basis it can seem like an impossible task of keeping track of the latest sites and apps available to our children however the attached advice does, as we are sure you will agree, remain applicable for all forms of online activity. Although many parents are aware of the issues raised by popular social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram etc) and adhere to their 13+ age restrictions many people have been caught out by other, seemingly innocuous, apps and games such as Skype & ooVoo (video chat software), Minecraft, Snapchat and online gaming via consoles. The attached document and the links below aim to raise the awareness of some of the issues surrounding these areas.
Childnet advice: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Skype advice for parents: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/skype/
ooVoo advice: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/oovoo/
Online gaming advice: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/gaming
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter then please do not hesitate to contact the school office.