With technology advancing at a rate faster than most of us would perhaps like, our children are at the forefront of exposure to this advanced technological age with their use of the internet, mobile phones, laptops, computers and tablet devices. We believe that e-safety awareness and safe practice is of paramount importance.
While prevention is sometimes better than cure, we understand and appreciate the need for children to learn of and embrace these technologies. We also understand the need to teach them to use it responsibly, ethically, wisely and to guide them on how to best prepare themselves to stay safe while online. It is so important to help prepare children by showing them the options available to them if should they experience something they feel uncomfortable with while online in this digital age.
How do we keep our children safe online?
Teaching children how to keep themselves safe online is of paramount importance and something that is constantly changing. At Atwood, all children have termly online safety lessons to help them to understand about the risks of being online and how to ensure that they stay safe and what to do if something unfortunate happens.
We also run workshops for parents to help them to understand the risks that children may face when they are online and show them how to reduce these risks and encourage children to use the internet responsibly.
Our computers and tablets have the appropriate filters set and these are regularly monitored.
We often put updated links to useful sites on our newsletters to parents too.
The school has an Online Safety which sets out our approach to these issues. Click here to read it.
Important Organisations and Reporting a Problem
If you have any concerns about e-Safety then please do not hesitate to come in and speak to a member of our Safeguarding Team (Mr R Veale, Mrs K Standing, Mrs N Gambier, Mrs M Lawrence or Mrs G Docherty, our e-Safety leader.
Feel free to visit the pages below; they are rich in content with useful guidelines and other extremely important general and legal information and procedures of which all parents and children should be aware.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.