The internet is an amazing resource that is used daily. Your child can play games, learn and ask questions, create and connect with friends and other people. The internet opens up a whole world of exciting possibilities for your child.
But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe online?
At Heathlands Primary School and Foundation Unit school we have a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils. The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils and as provided by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Our pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. Pupils will be taught how to evaluate Internet content. As a school we ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and by pupils complies with copyright law. Pupils should be taught to be critically aware of the materials they read and shown how to validate information before accepting its accuracy. However, whilst all reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that children do not access such materials, the international scale and linked nature of Internet content means that it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer.
We have linked some websites below to help support your child’s internet use whilst at home. We have included these links as the nature of the internet changes hourly with new concerns the websites will be able to provide you with current and updated information.
Speak out. Stay safe.
NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme gives a generation of children the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect. Recently, NSPCC visited our school to deliver their Speak out Stay safe assembly to Key stages One and Two. The Speak out Stay safe assembly helps children understand about different types of abuse, so that they can get help if or when they need it. This includes talking about neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and bullying.
The assembly helps children to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are worried about themselves, or a friend. They also learnt about Childline, and how the service can support them. During the workshops, children in Years 5 and 6 explored the definitions of abuse in greater depth. They took part in engaging exercises, including looking at different scenarios, and deciding whether they are OK or not OK.
NSPCC have a variety of resources for children and parents can access to support any concerns. Please see the link below for the most up to date information regarding Childline and NSPCC.
NSPCC Share aware
ThinkUKnow – informative website helping parents deal with concerns and help to report them.