The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do you keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?
We have a robust E-Safety Policy to create a safe ICT learning environment for children and staff within the school.
At Windmill Primary School, we use a range of technologies to promote learning in all areas of the curriculum. Children have use of Ipads, cameras, video cameras, talking pegs and clipboards, microphones. Teachers use this equipment to enhance lessons.
All technologies have ‘safety walls’ to keep our children safe whilst using them. There are also time limits while using the different technologies.
We use a range of features such as paint packages, IMovie, photos and research. Teachers will use different websites to complement and extend learning.
Our teachers use a range of the websites below:-
Top Tips For Keeping Your Child Sale Online
Only allow your child to play age appropriate games.
- Always be with your child when they are online. Some apps have chat room forums where children can be contacted by strangers e.g. musical.ly
- Remember, social networking sites are not private. People can contact you even if they do not know you. Your photos can be saved by other people and used for their own benefit. Trolls can attack you online.
- Screen time should be limited. Recent studies state that screen time, including PCs, televisions, phones and tablets should be no more than an hour a day for 2-5 year olds and no more than two hours for 5-18 year olds. There are apps to limit screen time which you can buy to support with this.
- Screen time reduces eye contact, listening skills, communication and conversation. There are certain games that children play on screen which can cause obsessive and aggressive behaviours. This can be the content of the game or prolonged use.
- Screen time, including the television, just before bedtime stimulates the brain and affects sleep. It is recommended that there is at least an hour of no screen time before bed to aid sleep.
Technology is a part of our lives and this will only continue to grow. Children need to be part of this world but we as adults have a responsibility to keep them safe and to ensure their access to technology is monitored.
Digiduck ebook to help you discuss sharing information online with your child.
Smartie the Penguin to help you discuss online safety with your child.
The Safer Internet Day Education Pack provides a range of resources for parents.
Childnet International also has a very useful website with a wide range of resources.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children.
Please click here for more Information and online resources offering guidance to parents and carers supporting children using information technology and ensuring their safe use of the internet at home.