At Damers we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our pupils’ development. Whilst we know that the internet is a huge and important resource we also recognise that children need to know how to use it safely to explore and learn. As a consequence, online safety (or e-safety as it used to be known) is taught to all children from Foundation to Year 4 as part of the National Curriculum for Computing and within the PSHE curriculum.
The digital world is a fast moving one and it can be hard for parents and carers to keep up with what the latest trends are in terms of what children are doing online. Once a year we hold an Online Safety Session for parents and carers so they can learn more about keeping children safe. Additionally, there’s lots of information online to keep parents and carers informed, the Thinkuknow website is a great place to start. The NSPCC also have a great website with valuable information including how to keep your children safe on mobiles, smartphones and tablets.
The Safe Schools and Communities Team from Dorset Police have a really useful online safety newsletter for parents too, click here to read it.
Links for Children
thinkuknow.co.uk for 5 – 7 year olds
A great website to help young children go online in a safe way and know who to talk to if they are worried.
For Year 4 children, there is also the thinkuknow page for 8-10 year olds.
Smartie and Captain Kara
Reporting Online Concerns
If children are worried or upset by something they’ve seen online they can visit the CEOP Safety Centre themselves to get help, advice or report a concern. More information for parents about reporting a concern to CEOP can be found on the thinkuknow website.