As I am sure you are fully aware, with the incredible advances in technology in recent years, e-safety is an increasingly complex and important aspect of your child’s education and life in general in the 21st century.
Of course, we do our utmost to ensure that your child is safe when using technology within our school setting. We have strict procedures and a high level of filtering to ensure that our children are not exposed to any unsuitable material etc. whilst at school. However, this will not be the case when they have access to a wide range of devices outside school, particularly when they move onto secondary school and beyond.
You can report any activity that has made your child feel uncomfortable to Child Exploitation and Online Protection command. This allows you to report suspicious individuals or behaviour directly to law enforcement quickly and easily.
Each year at Our Lady & St Joseph Catholic Primary School, we participate in ‘Safer Internet Day’, during which the boys and girls discuss the importance of ‘staying safe on-line’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer on-line community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!
YouTube have now created a YouTube Kids app that can be downloaded and filters a selection of videos and channels that are appropriate for children.