Digital Literacy opens up a new wide world for children. However, just like the real world, children must learn how to navigate it to avoid any dangers. At our school, children are taught how to stay safe online through the PSHE and Computing curriculums along side regular reminders and updates as necessary.
We advocate parents building strong, open relationships with their children through careful monitoring of what children are accessing online and regular chats about online activity. Please note, that whilst online safety is taught extensively through school, we have high level filtering which ensures children are safe to search and explore the internet. The same provisions will only apply at home if you put this filtering in place. If more information, please contact your network provider.
Mental health and the use of technology go hand in hand. In recent years, we have seen a decline in the mental health of children relating to online safety. Parents have reported:
Parents often like to think that this will not happen to their child; that their child is old enough or savvy enough to cope with this kind of thing. We urge to to remember that age restrictions are in place for a reason and once something has been sent, it cannot be undone.
- Children spending an excessive amount of time online.
- Children gaming for long periods and refusing to come off when asked by parents.
- Children accessing apps or playing games that they are too young for.
- Children sharing inappropriate content.
- Online bullying through messaging apps.
- Online grooming.
Each week, The National College produces a #wakeupwednesday guide for parents. The information in these guide ranges in suitability from toddlers to late teens. Whenever there is something relevant to our families, we'll share it here.