At Sevenoaks Primary School we know from first-hand experience that the Internet can be a powerful way to enhance and broaden a child’s education. The teaching and learning in every subject in the curriculum can make good use of web-based material.
However, we also know that the Internet allows access to a great deal of entertainment, information and communication which is not related to school-based learning and that children, being naturally curious, will want to explore and investigate.
Remember that children can and do access the internet without using a traditional computer – smart-phones, games consoles and an increasing range of other devices allow children to get online. This exploration is not necessarily harmful but if unsupervised and unmonitored can result in them encountering inappropriate material or unknown people which can upset or confuse them or worse.
As a school we recommend that Key Stage 1 and 2 children should always have a responsible adult with them when online.
Keeping children completely isolated from the Internet may be tempting but in the long term they will all need to understand the web and how they can use it positively, safely and to their benefit. As your child’s parent or carer you are in a strong position to help them learn how to avoid potential problems and get the most out of the web. This is a long-term project with a lot to cover. With this in mind we have collected a range of resources to help you develop your child’s understanding, skill and confidence. We recommend that you have a good look around each site on your own first in order to focus on issues which may be of particular relevance.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ Vodafone’s site is designed to help parents and carers develop an understanding of their child’s Internet use.
http://thinkuknow.co.uk/ Thinkuknow - a mock cybercafé which uses online role-play to help children from 5 to 16+ explore a range of issues.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/ Includes an ‘Internet for Beginners’ course and a tool for answering your Internet related questions.
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ Arms children with the SMART rules for safe Internet use and lots more besides.
http://www.net-aware.org.uk/ Net Aware is a simple guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use, based on parents’ experiences and the views of young people. Over 750 reviews from an O2/NSPCC parent panel and over 1720 young people reviewed 50 platforms against criteria such as reporting mechanisms, privacy and prevalence of inappropriate content. NetAware App Coming Soon!
http://parentzone.org.uk/latest/reviews Parent Zone will test anything from gadgets to apps to the parental controls on online video streaming services, to see how family-friendly they are, please find their reviews here.
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ The government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) We help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to us
See also the feed below from Parent Info a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone dedicated to keeping you up to date with Internet and App developments as they change. Here you'll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing on-line