The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.
Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.
Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children.
Schools, Parents and Children should be aware of the potential dangers taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
For useful information for parents visit these websites:
To ensure that your Internet is filtered from inappropriate material being displayed. Log onto www.google.com. On ther right hand side there is a button 'Search settings' (see below). Click and this will take you to the 'Preferences' screen, scroll down the page until you come to 'SafeSearch' filtering then select the type of filtering you want for your computer. Click the 'Save Preferences' button at the top of the page to update your settings.
As a school we are concerned about the amount of children who have Facebook accounts, CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13 SHOULD NOT BE ON FACEBOOK. It is not only about who they are friends with but who they are linked to and that person's privacy settings, if these are not controlled and set to the highest level then the potential for unknown contacts to reach your child is huge.
We don't believe that children of infant school age have the maturity to distinguish between someone being 'friendly' and 'grooming'. In the same way that your child has provided false information to create a profile other people have in order to reach them!