At Monega, we believe that we need to prepare our pupils for the ever changing world of technology. The internet is a very useful tool to enhance our pupils' education. With this in mind, we have embedded an effective approach to Online Safety that empowers our teachers to effectively educate pupils on their use of technology. Online Safety is an integral part of our pupil's education and is embedded in all areas of their learning at school.
You can download the DfE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
The internet can play an important part in children's development. Children use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. The internet is a highly creative platform full of amazing opportunities. However, internet usage also has its risks. We must educate children on how to use the internet safely, but also what to do if they feel unsafe. Children must know who the appropriate adults are that they can speak to.
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
As part of your child's curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet in teacher supervised lessons only. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. However, there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, so we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.