Technology moves at a breakneck pace. Communication systems such as social networks, blogs, mobile phones and email have become increasingly important in our daily lives and often have important benefits. However, as we all know, there are also a number of inherent risks to be considered and evaluated when using this fascinating technology.
Access to the Internet can take place almost anywhere and at anytime. Thus it is essential that students, teachers and parents are aware of the risks, know how to use modern technologies appropriately and are able to discuss the issues in school, at home and between friends, as well as what actions to take when something goes wrong.
Here at Christ Church Primary School, E-safety is extremely important. Throughout the year, across the year groups, E-Safety messages are integrated into the children's lessons across the wider curriculum - not just during Computing lessons. Whether it is learning how to conduct safe internet research or setting up simple personal profiles on their favourite websites, the children are taught to keep their safety in mind at all times. We teach the children the SMART rules (see right - click on the image for a larger version) to ensure that they can use technologies in a safe way, not just for themselves, but towards other internet users.
The links below are there to provide parents and children with a host of information about online safety so you can decide what is right and safe for your family when using the Internet and associated technologies.
E Safety evening 11th November 2015
We targeted all sections of our school community with our e-Safety focus day on 11th November 2015.
Alan Earl, from Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOPS) was our visitor and advisor. Alan has decades of experience in the filed of e-safety and digital literacy, and is seconded to the South west Grid for Learning (SWGfL).
Our upper key stage two children were guided in their use of social media in an informative and interactive way in the afternoon, carefully considering their digital footprint. After school, it was the turn of our teachers who were put through their paces, testing their knowledge of WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, Vine and Snapchat, to name but a few.
In the evening, there was a well supported and well received parents' presentation. Alan is an engaging speaker who suggests practical solutions to real-life parental issues. Equally important was his message that digital technology is an amazing and incredible part of our lives, and that dialogue with young people is far more effective in promoting safe habits that other more reactionary measures.