In an age of rapid integration of technologies and growing accessibility of information and data, it is essential that schools provide children with the digital literacy skills to thrive in an ever-changing 21st century.
At Ponteland Primary, Online Safety is integral to our responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe in school. We are committed to the safe and responsible integration of technology throughout our school and recognise technology as a valuable tool for learners of all ages.
All pupils are given opportunities to creatively embrace technology as an essential part of our curriculum. This is achieved through the integration of classroom interactive displays, chrome books and iPads enabling internet access.
There are well-publicised concerns regarding material on the internet, some of which is unsuitable for pupils. Whilst it is impossible to ensure that children will not access such material, our school, in liaison with , takes all necessary and reasonable measures to minimise the pupils’ access to such material. This includes:
- Network filtering provided by Lightspeed to ensure that children cannot gain access to websites that include unsuitable material.
The requirement of both teaching and support staff to ensure that children are continually supervised whilst using a device connected to the internet
The safe and responsible use of the internet is also an integral aspect of our curriculum and woven throughout our computing curriculum provision.
Here are some useful links to sites to help you keep your child/ren safe on devices and the internet.
Keeping children safe online
How to keep your child safe on the internet. From NSPCC.
What are Parental controls?
Advice on setting up parental controls to help you keep your child safe online. From NSPCC.
Social Networks and Children
A Guide to the Social networks your child uses
Talking with your child
How to talk with your child about staying safe online and what to do if you have any concerns
National Online Safety Campaign
Spot how many ways you can stay safe online
5-7 Year old Computer Safety
Fun videos/cartoons for 5-7 years about using computers safely
8-10 year old computer safety
Fun site for 8-10 about using internet safely and what to do if they feel unsure
11-13 year old computer safety
Site for 11-13 year olds
Parents - Protecting your child online
How to protect your child from abuse online