The Internet continues to change the way we live and is easier than ever before to access. But using the Internet has risks that we need to manage in order for us to be sensible, respectful and safe online citizens.
Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
- Viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour, sites that endorse or encourage extremism
- Giving out personal information
- Arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- Becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- Spending too much time online which can affect concentration, education, sleep and health
- Copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own
- Online gambling in the form of ‘loot boxes’ and other online purchases.
At Kitwell, we want children to be confident and safe users of the Internet and to continue to enjoy and learn from technology as it develops.
Online safety (or e-safety) refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).
To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our service provider (Birmingham Grid for Learning) operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised.
Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.
The SMART rules:
SAFE - stay safe, don’t give out personal information
MEETING – only meet someone from the internet with your parents
ACCEPTING – emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems
RELIABLE - information on the Internet may not be true
TELL - a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable
Children in Key Stage 2 also learn through the Be Internet Legends (https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk) scheme of learning. This teaches children to focus on positive strategies so that if they encounter a new problem, they have the skills and know-how to manage the risks and dangers.
The Be Internet Legends skills are to: