This is the simple message from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. This government scheme is aimed at improving our children’s internet safety, by giving parents a simple code to follow. There is an abundance of links available on the website, which will take you to a plethora of useful resources. One simple click could make all the difference…
Today’s parents are out of touch with technology. The vast majority of parents are unaware of exactly what, who and how their children play and socialise online, and are unaware of the capabilities of the different technological devices that their children have. We are in a worrying situation, where parents need to catch up FAST! “Never before have parents known so little about the mistakes their children are making on a daily basis, or been less educated about the perils and pitfalls they face, or less able to offer any wisdom or guidance.” It is of paramount importance that you educate yourself in what your child is doing online and get to grips with the technology that our children have become all too familiar with. Have a read of this interesting article published by the Telegraph…
I will leave you with this statistic:
‘By the time our children reach 80, they will have spent 25% of their lives in front of a screen for recreation purposes’.
Digital Manifesto on Internet Safety
The children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet safety (CHIS) have launched a digital manifesto on internet safety. They have sent their manifesto to all major political parties and have received a great deal of support and backing. This highlights the importance of internet safety; as it is being discussed at such a pivotal time in our countries political history. Take a closer look at the manifesto if it interests you…
E-Safety Whole School Audit:
This week, we welcomed ‘Education Child Protection Ltd.’ to St. Catherines. They were invited into our school to conduct a full Audit of the schools proficiency to provide both the children and the staff with an internet safe learning environment. As expected, you will be pleased to know that they were thrilled with everything that St. Catherines have put in place, to ensure your children’s safety online. Here are but just a few of the lovely things they had to say about our school’s internet safety practice;
“All staff take active responsibility for E-Safety”.
“E-Safety education programme takes place and is fully embedded in all aspects of the curriculum in all years and in other school activities”.
“Young people are themselves involved in E-Safety education, with peer mentoring between year groups taking place”.
“The school has carefully considered its approach to E-Safety and provides a consistent E-Safety message to all members of the school community, through a variety of media and activities that promote whole school input. This is particularly apparent when walking around the school with all classrooms and hallways displaying, tips, posters and messages”.
At St. Catherines we are always striving to progress in every area. As a result, we have an action plan in place to further improve our internet safety. We intend to set up a school E-Safety Committee made up of students, governors and parents, to help raise awareness to any E-Safety issues. In addition to this, we will ensure that our policies are adapting and being amended, as quickly as technology is evolving, to ensure that we stay up to date with rapidly progressive technologies.
Well done to all the children and staff at St.Catherines.
Josh David and Kate Alexander.
I am sure that all parents and carers are familiar with childline and the fantastic work that they do, supporting children and young people, but how many parents and carers know that childnet (an online support tool for children and young people – focused only on internet dangers) exists too? Thanks to childnet, both children and parents/carers have had somewhere to turn to when they feel unsafe online. This handy document is a useful guideline that I would recommend all parents use. Full of conversation starters, top tips, checklists for parents and SMART internet use rules; it has everything you need. Simply click the link below and be internet safe!
Josh David and Kate Alexander