Did you know? 66% of 5-7 year olds use the internet at home – with at least 30% using if for games, schoolwork (26%) and information (15%). Over 85% have access to games consoles which may have an online ‘gaming’ or ‘chat’ facility when linked to the internet.
As a school we want to celebrate the many positives of the internet, and raise the awareness of the issues that children can face online today. As we would protect children in the real world, we want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If children understand the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from online technology and stay safe whilst doing so.
We encourage parents to become involved in promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for our children. We hold annual sessions for parents that we hope strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that our children receive in school, in the home environment. These sessions provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues.
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Helpful links to look at with your family
Tips for staying safe online:
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