86% of children aged 7-11 use come form of online communication
Technology is changing all the time and young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways. Children are increasingly referred to as ‘digital natives’: citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low. Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just a top down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.
Do you know how to keep your children safe? Do your children know how to keep safe? At Boothroyd Academy we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum (including capturing their online habits in our e-safety questionnaire for parents) but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers.
What do we do in school?
We have a duty in primary schools to teach our children how to use the internet safely.
Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online.
There are a number of steps we take to keep children safe online:
We teach online safety skills throughout the curriculum and aim to foster an environment where children can ‘talk and tell.’ We provide children with information of where they can seek help if it is needed.
We teach the majority our computing curriculum through a secure website that we pay for a license to use.
Our web browsers have safeguards in place to block inappropriate content this is called a firewall.
we have malware and virus software to protect our data.
we use encrypted passwords to protect pupil information.
We have leaflets to help parents understand some of the dangers available from our main office.
We also want your views to help us: click on the link below for our questionnaire and then you can print it and complete or ask for a copy from the main office.