Do you know how to keep your children safe? Do your children know how to keep safe? At Springmead, we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our online safety curriculum and in doing this as a partnership between pupils, parents and teachers.
Technology is changing all the time and young people are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways. Children are increasingly referred to as ‘digital natives’: citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers can be very low.
Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe. Children will often push boundaries and take risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.
We have linked below a range of websites that include useful advice for parents about online safety. These include Parent Info which is a new collaboration between CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and the Parent Zone. Here you will find up to date information on all elements of online safety including gaming, social media and online identities.