The Department for Education states:
Today’s pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives
seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks.
We want schools to equip their pupils with the knowledge needed to make the
best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way, so they are able to reap the benefits of the online world.
Our mission at Toner is to make sure the internet is an exciting and safe place for children to use to support development and learning. We want our children to be responsible and safe users of online technologies and know the steps to take if it becomes an unsafe environment to work and play in. We also want our parents/carers to improve their own understanding of E-safety in order to eliminate any major issues, so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
E-safety is embedded in our Computing curriculum alongside our PSHE/RSE curriculum. We also hold additional sessions which are delivered by local authority specialists so that children and their families are further aware of the risks and dangers which can present themselves when using ICT.
Have a Conversation…
At Toner, we feel it is so important to talk about E-Safety regularly with the children to allow them to stay up to date on issues and to ensure they understand the rules for staying safe. We recommend our parents have similar conversations at home and suggest this advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre:
It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online. Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help:
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online
What games do you and your friends like to play online? Can you show me the websites you visit the most? Shall we play your favourite game online together?
Ask them about how they stay safe online
What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help
Where can they go to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use?
Think about how you each use the internet
What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
Useful links for Parents/Carers
Please visit South Tyneside’s ICT Team at http://ictinschools.org/ for useful resources including E-safety news updates, informative videos and fact sheets.
For help with setting parental controls, please visit the following websites:
Below is our E-Safety and Acceptable Use of ICT policy as well as the Education for a Connected World document which provides an in depth framework to support children and young people to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world. We use this document at Toner Avenue to help form our curriculum.
Below are some E-Safety posters to discuss with your child: