The Internet has become an important part of children's lives, enabling them to research school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners remain safe. Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.
Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children.
Parents, carers and adults in schools should be aware of the potential dangers and be taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
Children at Great Missenden use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'online safety' lessons to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. These messages are also embedded in to every computing lesson.
At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This potentially, allows them to access all kinds of content (both good and bad) and bring it into their homes.
Here are a few tips:
Know the Limits!
O2 and NSPCC Work Together
To children, online life is real life. There's no difference between the people they speak to on social media and their friends at school and the experiences they have over the internet are as real to them as anything else.
Families often think they know exactly what their children get up to online, and that they understand all the apps and sites their kids use. But with technology changing every day, that's not always the case.
O2 have partnered with the NSPCC to help you keep your kids safe.
On the hub, you'll find articles on everything from online bullying, to the apps your kids are using. Each article follows the same structure. They explore and explain the topic then give you tips on how to talk about it with your kids. They give you some ideas on ground rules you might want to agree. Then help you with how to manage technology to keep your kids safe.
If you need more help on anything, from setting up parental controls to reporting online bullying, you can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or visit an O2 Guru in one of their stores.
What we do
As well as teaching children how to be safe online during each school day, each year we hold at least one parent workshop for parents who want to find out more about how they can support their children keeping safe online.
Last academic year (2017-2018) we had an evening workshop with an online safety expert and teacher from Dr Challoner's Grammar school, we then had an afternoon workshop provided by the NSPCC. These were both very insightful and gave us lots of important information.
We will keep you posted via the website, email and newsletter for upcoming parent workshops this academic year.
Safer Internet Day!
Like last year, we will be celebrating Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February 2019. Watch this space for more information.
If you would like more information about the computing we do at school please see the page below.