At St Matthew's Primary School we are committed to ensuring that children learn how to use computers, ICT and modern technology safely. We encourage responsible use of ICT so that children:
- Are able to use ICT safely to support their learning in school
- Know how to use a range of ICT equipment safely
- Are able to use ICT and modern technologies outside school in a safe manner, including using ICT as a tool for communication
- Are prepared for the constant changes in the world of technologies in a safe manner
- Know what to do if they feel unsafe when it comes to using technology and ICT.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. As a result, it is essential that we all know how to stay safe online. Here are links to useful website where you and your children can learn more about being safe on the internet:
Information for Children
Information for Parents and Carers
Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying and cyberbullying for children, parents and schools.
Childnet - Information and advice about how to keep your child safe online, including parental controls, games and videos.
Advice for Parents and Carers
- Explore e-safety sites - there are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and other social media sites - many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. Please see the attachments below for support and advice on social media.
- Keep your computer / tablet in a shared area - talk to your children about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can talk and share the wonderful sites that are available online.
Why not put one of the e-safety posters up next to your computer at home and talk about it with your children. These are the same ones we use in school. Please see attachments below.
If you have any concerns or questions about safety online, please contact the school.