New technologies inspire children to be creative, communicate and learn. However, while the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter.
What is Internet Safety
Internet Safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g text messages, gaming devices, email etc).
Pupils have ever increasing access to communication technology both in and out of school. As such we feel that it is important to teach the children to use technology safety and respectfully and guide them where to go for help and support if they are concerned about content or contact on the internet or other technologies.
The same approach needs to be applied with respect to internet safety as we would to road safety, we need to prepare children in advance of the potential problems. Teaching responsible use of technology is important, as is alerting pupils to the potential consequences of irresponsible use.
Internet Safety at School
Internet Safety is woven into our Computing curriculum. To support this learning, Gordonbrock also have a discrete Internet Safety curriculum which was developed as a collaboration between the Computing team and PHSE team. In addition to this, we have an extra focus on internet safety at the time of National Internet Safety week in February, where we often have external companies in to deliver specialised workshops to the pupils.
Whilst at school your child is protected in many ways.
- Children are taught about appropriate content during ICT lessons
- Internet filtering through the London Grid for Learning
- Forensic software on our school network that captures inappropriate use
- Virus Protection
We also ask that parents sign the Online Safety Home School Agreement for Parents / Carers, when a child starts at Gordonbrock School.
Internet Safety at Home
Gordonbrock works in partnership with parents to educate the children about internet safety and help keep them safe when using technology.
The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
Talk to your child about staying Safe Online. A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online.
One of the best ways to start a conversation about the information contained on the internet and alerting children to the potential consequences of irresponsible use is to discuss our 'Rules for Responsible ICT Use' (KS1 Rules for Responsible ICT Use & KS2 Rules for Responsible ICT Use).
We also publish different e-safety facts in the GB weekly which are good conversation starters, please find a selection opposite.
Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe?
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. We also offer advice and links to support in response to other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying or hacking. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre by clicking on the 'Click CEOP button'.
For more information about how you can help keep you child safe online please look at the following;
Lewisham Safeguarding Board offers a Internet Safety Online Training for Parents and Carers.