We are Companions on a Journey
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. Technology offers a wealth of opportunities for children and young people – they can learn, create and communicate in ways that we would never have imagined when we were younger
Today the online world is very much part of children’s lives – they are ‘growing up digital’, with technology embedded in every aspect of work, life and play
As parents and carers, our natural desire is to keep our children safe. In every aspect of development – from learning to cross the road, ride a bike or swim – parents must teach, guide and support their children: the online world is no different.
CEOP is a site that can give you lots of information
We more information and web links to help.
St Columba's Online safety policy ( click on the link )
We follow the 5 Be Smart Online points.
Here are some tips which you may find helpful if you are talking to your child about internet safety or for you to find out more as a parent/carer.
1.Keep computers in a centralized location.
2.Be aware of what websites your child visits
3.Monitor your child’s on- line accounts and emails.
4.Utilize the parental controls available through your internet service provider.
5.Talk to your child about the real dangers of Cyberbullying.
6.Familiarize yourself with technology and social networking sites and their privacy settings.
7.Join the same social networking sites your child has.
8.Set parental controls on your computers.
9.Google your child’s name to see what information comes up.
10.Ask questions: Can what you post be misinterpreted? Who are you talking to? What does your profile say about you?
OFSTED advises schools that they should
Work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.
Provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for e-safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies.
Systematically review and develop their e-safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils’ knowledge and understanding