At Franche, we are preparing children for the technological world they live in and for the future working world they will be a part of. We teach them the value of the internet and the fantastic opportunities and resources it provides. At the same time as celebrating the technological opportunities that the internet provides, we also teach the children that it can be misused and help them to understand that once something is part of cyber space, it never disappears. We apply the ethos of mutual respect to all we do at Franche and this is evident in our curriculum. Internet safety is no different, the children understand and are taught how to take responsibility for themselves and what they view and post online. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of E-Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
Throughout the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child to consent to an Acceptable Use Agreement, appropriate to their age, so that we know they have read and understood our school’s rules on staying safe online.
You can download a copy of the Acceptable Use Agreement here.
As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place full of amazing opportunities. The technology children use every day can however seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Additionally, you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home by using some of these conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
* Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
* Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
* Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
* Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media, we’ve suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe. This is a resource we use in school and is a safe visual search engine designed for children.
Here are quick links that you may find useful…