At Knaresborough St John's C of E Primary School we believe in keeping your child safe both in and out of school. We are constantly updating and reviewing our practice to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the risk to our pupils by teaching them about online content, contact and conduct. Currently, we are using the DfE publication 'Teaching Online Safety in Schools' (July 2019) to inform our planning and teaching. If you would like to read the document, it can be found by clicking here.
Children and young people are using technology in new and exciting ways, enhancing and enriching their lives with the many tools on offer.
In their exploration of these technologies, young people are not only developing their ICT skills, but also a whole host of 'softer' skills - creativity, communication and networking skills, for example - which will be much in demand by the employers of the future.
Children are increasingly referred to as 'digital natives': citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and immersed in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low.
Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe - this isn't just a top down approach.
At Knaresborough St John's C of E Primary School, we have a specific e-safety curriculum that covers every group from EYFS to Year 6. The coverage of topics has been designed in line with CEOP, the THINKUKNOW website and from the training the headteacher and ICT subject leader have attended. We also have a specific e-safety policy (click here to read), an e-safety protocol (click here to read) for everyone working in school, a risk assessment that is regularly reviewed and a dedication to ensure that children can explore the digital world through various devices safely.
ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE?
There are so many devices in our children's lives that connect them to the internet, it is difficult to keep up to date with all the different ways that children access 'online' material.
At school we have a filtered internet connection and we encourage children to access 'safe' learning sites at home. We encourage the children to keep to some basic rules to keep themselves safe online.
You may find the following links useful. They give the latest advice and a range of practical resources, news and events on how to use the internet and new technologies safely.