Online Safety - Keeping Your Children Safe on the Internet
At East Hoathly, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and we expect all staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment. The Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school is Vicky Lewis (Deputy Head Teacher). If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As we are now living in a digital age, it is becoming more and more important for teachers and parents to keep up to date with the technological advances that are going on around us in order to protect and safeguard our children. The school has subscribed to a magazine called 'Digital Parenting' which will give teachers and parents resources and ideas for how to support children's online learning and understanding, while safeguarding them against the many risks. Once the magazine is in school, we will distribute for you to read. The website that supports this magazine has some effective tools which may be useful for you and your children - vodafonedigitalparenting.co.
If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child's online behaviour, please come and see Miss Lewis, Mr Procter or your child's class teacher.
Safer Internet Morning
On Wednesday morning, Years 1 to 6 were visited by a company called ‘Perform for Schools’, who held interactive workshops for the children so they could learn about ways to stay safe online.
To learn about cyber-bullying and what it might look like, the children took part in and enjoyed a range of drama activities, such as freeze frames and role-play and they learnt a rap about how to ‘Zip It, Block It, Flag It’!
Abigail in Year 4 said “We learnt about how to be really safe when we’re online and that if something bad happens, we can talk it over with our parents to sort it out. I really enjoyed when we split into groups to act it all out.”
Overall, it was an extremely successful morning and the children had great fun about learning how to be safe online! Thank you so much for the donations that have enabled the children to part in this workshop and thank you to the FPTA for also donating towards the morning’s events.
Children and young people are likely to be as good as, if not better than, their parents at using the Internet. However, being good at using technology does not mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they can come across.
Children and young people are prone to the same kinds of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identity theft) as everybody else. However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from going online, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them, and exposure to inappropriate material.