Kingfield Primary School provides a diverse, balanced and relevant approach to the use of technology. Children are encouraged to maximise the benefits and opportunities that technology has to offer. We ensure that children learn in an environment where security measures are balanced appropriately with the need to learn effectively. Here at Kingfield, we aim to equip children with the skills and knowledge to use technology appropriately and responsibly. We teach children how to recognise the risks associated with technology and how to deal with them, both within and outside the school environment. This is supported by a scheme of work ensuring online safety is covered sufficiently within all classes as part of the National Curriculum for Computing and within the Learning 4 Life curriculum
The purpose of Internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions. The Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. Internet access is an entitlement for children who show a responsible and mature approach to its use. The Internet is a part of everyday life for education, business and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide children with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Our children use the Internet widely outside school and need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security. Our approach to online safety is outlined in our policy.
We hold annual Online Safety Information Sessions to provide opportunities for parents and carers to learn how to keep children safe online. Additional information can be found on the Thinkuknow.co.uk website.
Parent Info is a new and freely available service launched by CEOP and The Parent Zone which brings together the most up-to-date content aimed at parents. The content is written by leading experts in their fields and covers pornography to eating disorders, sexting to violent extremism. The content is lively and easy to read and comes with all the authority of CEOP and The Parent Zone, leading providers of information and support about online risks.
Please see below some further resources to help you and your children learn how to be safe online.
Beko is here to teach you everything you need to know about internet safety. There are 3 levels – beginner, intermediate & advanced, so you can be sure that there’s something for you to learn!
Do you know how to stay safe online?
Dongle the rabbit will teach you all he knows with his video and quiz.
The cybercafé within Gridclub is a safe online community where you can make choices without getting hurt. You can join in the fun at the cybercafé by playing the game.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. There’s a section for kids under 11 years old and a separate section for those over 11 years old.
4 great games will test your online safety knowledge.
McGruff is a Crime Dog - world famous for his advice on how to stop crime before it happens, and for his great sense of humour! Some of his work involves teaching children how to stay safe online. Check out the different areas of the site – there’s so much to learn!
Newsround Quiz – Internet Security http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/14979083
Test your knowledge of internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround.
There’s also further information if you’re not sure on anything.
The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer. Answer each question and, when you get it right, you'll go to the next question.
Internet Safety Rules http://www.safekids.com/kids-rules-for-online-safety/
Here’s a list of rules to help you stay safe when you’re online. How many of them can you remember? Why not print them out and put them up next to your computer.
Safety land is normally a very nice place to live, but a nasty character is sending yucky emails and messages. Captain Broadband needs your help to find the nasty character. You need to navigate around Safety land answering questions. When you have answered them all correctly, the nasty character will be taken to jail and you’ll become a certified hero, just like Captain Broadband.
Why the Internet and digital communications are important
The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business, and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide pupils 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.
|nternet use will enhance learning
The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.
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 shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.
In 2016 we held a very interesting and informative session for parents on online safety, led by Babcock. If you didn't manage to attend the meeting, please find the accompanying resources below.
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The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your children safe on line:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
Digital Parenting is another useful website to look at – http://www.pitda.co.uk/
There are three areas to think about:
WHO your child is talking to,
WHAT they’re doing, and
WHERE they’re going online
Digital Parenting also advises you to set “ground rules” by making your own family IT policy.
The big issues
Create boundaries and rules for the amount of time your son or daughter can spend online. It’s never too early to start putting limits into place.
Choose an appropriate homepage on your family computer or tablet – for example, bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
The educational apps, games and TV shows on offer for pre-school children, and the age ratings and descriptions for them.
Talk it through
Share your technology rules with grandparents, babysitters and older siblings, so that they stick to them when they look after your child or use the family computer.
And finally….. The rules and conversation you have now will set the tone for your child’s internet use as they get older.
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