Online Safety Advice from Bolton Schools ICT

internet_earthThe internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun.

However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong. If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there. (http://www.ceop.police.uk )

In our schools, Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children.

Safeguarding action may be needed to protect children and learners from:

  • bullying, including online bullying and prejudice-based bullying
  • the impact of new technologies on sexual behaviour, for example sexting

Safeguarding is not just about protecting children, learners and vulnerable adults from deliberate harm, neglect and failure to act. It relates to broader aspects of care and education, including:

  • online safety and associated issues

The term ‘online safety’ reflects a widening range of issues associated with technology and a user’s access to content, contact with others and behavioural issues.

OFSTEDWhat does OFSTED say:

  • Schools to work closely with all families to help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.
  • Schools to provide an age-related, comprehensive curriculum for online safety that enables pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies.
  • Schools to systematically review and develop their online safety procedures, including training, to ensure that they have a positive impact on pupils’ knowledge and understanding.

DFEWhat does the Computing Curriculum say:

  • KS1: use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
  • KS2: use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Copies of the full documents can be found by clicking the links below:

PowerForGood antibullying week16Cyberbullying Guidance

#antibullyingweek

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying, and research reveals it has increased to affect 12% of young people in this country.

This Guidance is designed to support schools in preventing and responding to cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Childnet Guidance2016

One comment

  • Deepisha Blakeway

    I have had many conversations with Maddison regarding being safe when online, we find there are, are a number of games that she plays that has social community and we have talked in depth about what should be deemed as appropriate and inappropriate. I have always explained to Maddison that the internet is great tool that we have, the key to the internet, is to know the potential dangers and how to avoid them and when to report them to an adult. Very pleased with the schools focus on this too.

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