At Highweek Primary School we encourage all our children to use digital media. The use of digital media is part of the statutory computing curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The internet is part of everyday life for education and the school has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.
Whilst encouraging the children to use the internet we also educate them about the risks that this can involve and provide them with information and strategies for staying safe online. Children and young people are more at risk of exposure if they are unaware of the dangers.
The internet has an impact on all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. Keeping up to date with these digital technologies can help parents and carers ensure their child’s safety whilst online.
These dangers can include:
viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
giving out personal information
arranging to meet an online ‘friend’
becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
Advice on setting up parental controls and social media checks:
For any older children you have, or even yourselves, here are some links for downloading PDF checklist leaflets for Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. These leaflets show how to set privacy levels, etc. which you may find useful.
Has someone acted inappropriately towards your child online?
Are you worried about your child? The Internet can be a wonderful place to explore and learn but sometimes things can go wrong.
If you or your child are worried about something that has happened on the internet you can report it here:
If you or your child are in immediate danger call 999
For more advice please follow this link
Updated May 2021