Internet Safety for children has never been so important. At The Parkland Academy we constantly review and evolve our internet safety procedures to ensure our pupils are not only protected from the dangers of the Internet and World Wide Web but are also fully informed and educated on how best to deal with online threats and concerns.
Being educated about Internet Safety is an essential life skill. Providing children with the knowledge to protect themselves and their personal information is a key focus throughout our pupils’ digital learning.
THE OPEN, YET SAFE, ENVIRONMENT
We have utilised the safety benefits of Google's G-Suite by providing all our pupils with their own enhanced Google account; with the significant dividend of being able to maintain administration rights, oversee safety filters and access or block specific websites. Pupils can create and manage their own bookmarks, web apps and page personalisation but within an environment that is designed with age appropriateness in mind.
E-SAFETY IN THE HOME
Having an e-safe environment is not as daunting as it may seem. Although the opportunities for connecting with others using technology is vast, and growing all the time, parents, carers and other responsible adults can make the environment safe with these helpful guides.
INTERNET SAFETY IN THE CURRICULUM
To ensure purposeful teaching and learning, our Computing Curriculum dedicates a whole term to internet safety, differentiated to the needs of the child. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their own concerns and an ‘Internet Safety Box,’ located in our Computing Suite, is available and used to promote child led, child-centred teaching and learning. Additionally, to maintain the high profile and importance of internet safety, the International ‘Safer Internet Day’ is embraced and celebrated, along with whole school assemblies.
FACTS FOR PARENTS
Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends.
If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it.
Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could! If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know.
They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust. Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.