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Keeping safe online is important to all our children, young people and families

The Internet is an incredibly exciting part of our everyday world. It offers us the opportunity to explore the world from our own home. As with everything, for all the very exciting opportunities this virtual world presents a whole set of new risks.

We need to ensure that our children and young people, and ourselves, know what the dangers can be, and hopefully teach them how to respond to these dangers responsibly and safely. Young people and many adults  live in an always-on, social, digital and connected world, and it is the only world they have ever known.

Whilst the Internet brings amazing opportunities for us to learn, create and socialise, it is our duty as adults to help them navigate this online world safely. Children and young people must recognise that every click, every post, every purchase and every photo we upload leaves a digital footprint.

It is important to start the conversations about internet safety at an early age, to help set boundaries together and provide a clear understanding of when it is safe to explore the Internet freely. We need to build resilience with our young people and offer unconditional support to ensure their online world is safe .

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ARE YOU WORRIED? Do you want to talk to someone?

If you are worried about yourself or a friend then tell a TRUSTED ADULT straight away. This could be someone in your family, or someone you trust - maybe a school teacher. They will know what to do and how to help you. 

If you need to talk to someone you can also call

Childline on 0800 1111

Our online life is very important to all of us. We all want to be confident and creative users of the internet, but this does mean that there will be some degree of risk. What you need to ensure is that the risk does not turn into harm.

As a child or young person, you need to be able to recognise what could be a risk and a possible danger and know how to deal with that. There is tons of excellent advice, guidance and tips available to help you make the right safe decisions. 

Remember if something happens online that you are not happy with, you need to report it. Speak to your responsible adults, a teacher or trusted adult who will help you deal with it.

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CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE
PARENTS and CARERS
 

The Internet is an incredibly exciting part of our everyday world. It offers us the opportunity to explore the world from our own home. As with everything, for all the very exciting opportunities this virtual world presents a whole set of new risks.

We need to ensure that our children and young people, and ourselves, know what the dangers can be, and hopefully teach them how to respond to these dangers responsibly and safely. Young people and many adults  live in an always-on, social, digital and connected world, and it is the only world they have ever known.

Whilst the Internet brings amazing opportunities for us to learn, create and socialise, it is our duty as adults to help them navigate this online world safely. Children and young people must recognise that every click, every post, every purchase and every photo we upload leaves a digital footprint.

It is important to start the conversations about internet safety at an early age, to help set boundaries together and provide a clear understanding of when it is safe to explore the Internet freely. We need to build resilience with our young people and offer unconditional support to ensure their online world is safe .

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SCHOOLS
 

The Computing Programme of the National Curriculum requires students to be able to:

  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. 

Schools therefore have a requirement to teach online safety across the whole school. 

Activities that use digital technologies can make a really valuable contribution to the wider school curriculum and to children’s learning. Children and young people are generally engaged in the whole learning process when technology is being used.

 

It is essential for educators to recognise the benefits of technology and understand the many different ways that children and young people are using internet enabled devices, especially in the home and within social environments.

TEACHERS and PROFESSIONALS
 

The most effective approach to internet safety is to treat it as a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across Computing/ICT, PSHE, RSE and citizenship, as well as touching on online safety issues across the curriculum whenever and wherever children are using technology.

The Computing curriculum started from September 2014 and this provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your school's approach to internet safety. The Programmes of Study for Primary (KS1 & 2) and Secondary (KS3 & 4) were published last year by the Department for Education.

Internet safety is included in the Programmes of Study for all Key Stages to help ensure that young people are "responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology."

But internet safety is not just restricted to the Computing curriculum!

PSHE and RSE provide great opportunities for approaching a range of key internet safety issues such as cyberbullying, safe social networking, healthy digital behaviours, pornography, sexting, privacy and online reputation.

UK Safer Internet Centre August 2016

RADICALISATION and EXTREMISM
 

Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and respect and tolerance for different faiths and beliefs. It is important that whilst we keep ourselves safe online we also are mindful of extremist and radicalisation behaviours. There is a great deal of information available to help us recognise and understand these behaviours. Please use the click here button to find out further information .

Find out further information and online training through these links. 

 
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