‘Safety does not come instantly, you should implement it consistently.’
Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. At Gusford we want to help young people and their families to get the most out of digital technologies, as well as dealing with any challenges that it might bring. Children must recognise that every click, every post, every purchase and every photo that they upload online leaves a digital footprint.
It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online. It is important that we talk about the potential dangers to our children.
Each month I am going to include an Online Safety Blog containing the latest online safety information. The information included will range from:
- Tips on buying the latest Smartphone for your child and the precautions you might need to take.
- What could happen to a child’s identity when they share details about their life on social media.
- Guidance on digital etiquette.
- Safety and privacy controls.
- A glossary of the latest terminology.
- Suggested useful apps for your children that are also suitable (i.e. age appropriate, safe software etc).
- PEGI ratings (video game ratings)
These are just a few ideas that will be shared on the blog, all of which I hope will help support you and your child and to get the most out of the online world.
If you want to find out more information about online safety, I have attached some useful websites below.
Should you have any queries or in need of any additional support, please feel free to contact me.
(Online Safety Co-Ordinator)
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk- is a website that gives practical advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and carers.
www.pegi.info- PEGI is a quick way to find the age ratings for computer games designed for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony game consoles.
www.childnet.com- Childnet is absolutely packed with resources, information and videos.
www.getsafeonline.org – Get Safe Online is a fairly comprehensive website which offers advice ranging from physical security measures to age appropriate guidance and sections on social networking and safeguarding children.
www.internetmatters.org – Internet Matters offers help for parents to keep their children safe online. It features sections with age appropriateness guidance for children and sections on current issues and the use of different technologies.
Safer Internet Day 2017
Safer Internet Day 2017 took place on the 7th February, with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet.’
The Meerkats gave the internet a smile through the #giveasmile campaign. Each child created an emoji with their own personal message.
Safer Internet Day 2016
Safer Internet Day 2016 took place on the 9th February, with the theme ‘Play your part for a better Internet.’
Gusford got involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The morning started with a fantastic whole school assembly emphasising the importance of not sharing personal information online.
The Meerkats continued celebrating the day by sharing a heart as part of the ‘play your part and share a heart’ campaign. Check out their wishes for the day!
The School Council collaborated together and produced a video about how to be ‘Smart’ online.
Computing Week 2016
Computing week at Gusford was designed to promote ICT in other subject areas, taking the ideas of computing beyond the ICT curriculum and applying them in all areas of learning. The week was aimed to get children excited by technology and for them to know how to use it in their wider life outside school and also understand how to use it appropriately.
Here are some examples of what Gusford got up to:
Reception classes were pirates for the week. The children took photos of their friends showing different activities. They used the whiteboard when practising their phonics and had use of the Ipads for the first time by turning themselves into pirates!
In Year 1 the children created a piece of artwork in the style of David Hockney. They used the cameras to take photos of their faces and then they rearranged them in a distorted way. Can you guess who it is?
During the week all the children learnt how to keep safe online. Learning about online safety is a vital life skill. It is important that children at a young age have the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information.
In KS1 they were read ‘Digiducks Big Decision.’ The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and they were able to learn how to be a good friend on the Internet. If you would like to read this story again to your child, I have attached the story to this page.
The children learnt lots during Computing Week. Have a look at these computers to find out what they discovered.
In Year 6 the children animated evolution using the iPads. Check out the photos!