With technology playing an ever-increasing part of children’s lives, the importance of ensuring children are safe online has never been more pivotal.
At Stoke and Allhallows Primary Academies, we believe that it is essential to teach children how to navigate the online world safely and confidently. E-safety is therefore a key part of our curriculum and is taught across all year groups; a focus as part of Computing in September, then embedded throughout the year.
As a parent, you’ll know how invaluable the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. It is vital that you try to engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.
Here are some conversation starter ideas from Childnet:
- 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
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