If used well, the internet is a safe, fun and informative place. However caution is needed because the internet can also be a dangerous place. It’s a place where fraud can happen, for example, a place where people can pretend to be someone they’re not in order to trick other people (including children), or a place where people can stumble on something they would rather not see.
On our website, we have provided details of lots of online resources to support your child’s learning.
We understand that technology has developed at such a pace that it feels like children understand more about it than parents do. This can put children in a vulnerable position, so it is important that as adults we do everything we can to educate and protect them. Luckily, there are organisations to help, such as the NSPCC and CEOP. They provide guidance on how to approach e-safety with your children and advice on how to make your home e-safe.
To help your children to stay safe online, you might wish to visit these websites:
1. Self-image and Identity
This strand explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and media influence in propagating stereotypes.
It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour
2. Online relationships
This strand explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships, respecting, giving and denying consent and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.
3. Online reputation
This strand explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles.
4. Online bullying
This strand explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention and considers how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation.
5. Managing online information
This strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation of data, the recognition of risks and the management of online threats and challenges. It explores how online threats can pose risks to our physical safety as well as online safety. It also covers learning relevant to ethical publishing.
6. Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
This strand explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle e.g. mood, sleep, body health and relationships. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them.
7. Privacy and security
This strand explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.
8. Copyright and ownership
This strand explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.