The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for 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 children are 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. Schools and Parents need to be aware of the potential dangers and take measures to ensure safe usage by all.
Parents can have a difficult job keeping up with their children on the fast changing technology available to them, let alone knowing the dangers they face. The issues of safety, privacy, on-line predators and cyber bullying are sometimes complex, both technically and psychologically and parents can struggle to keep up.
To help parents we have put together a selection of links to websites that will help them to ensure that their children can reap the benefits of the Internet while staying safe.
Think U Know - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
BBC Stay Safe - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
Kidsmart - http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Childnet International - http://www.childnet-int.org/
Digizen - http://www.digizen.org/
Think U Know Parents - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Google Family Centre - http://www.google.com/familysafety/
Durham County Council also produce an excellent guide on how to stay safe online. To download this please click the link below.
At school we take several steps to ensure that children are kept safe while using the internet and electronic communication.
Some of the steps that we take are...
Two levels of filtering are used to prevent access to websites that are not suitable or may be dangerous.
Internet access in supervised and we monitor the websites that are accessed.
A controlled email system is used where steps are taken to block unsuitable emails and identify possible cyber bullying.
Children are also taught how to use the technology safely so that they can keep themselves safe.