The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
At Holbrook we are passionate about online safety and teach our children about how to stay safe online. We are also very keen to share information with parents and carers to help them to protect children at home.
Holbrook Internet Safety Day 2022
We have been supported by the ‘Stay Safe Initiative’ to further enhance our teaching and learning about online safety. We held a parental session which provided many useful strategies and practical ideas to support children in making safe decisions as well as sound advice about helping children if things go wrong – we all learnt a lot!
The pupil workshops on were fantastic – our children were so knowledgeable and insightful when discussing how to stay safe online and really enjoyed taking an active role in the sessions.
Our Key Stage one pupils focused on ‘Becoming a Digital Hero’ and explored simple Steps to Stay Safe and Happy Online. Year 3 and 4 pupils learnt about the tools they can use throughout their online lives in their session ‘Building a Digital Toolkit’. Our older children were empowered to make safe and correct decisions online in their session ’Taking Control of my Digital Life’
There were some very useful resources shared at the parent/carer session which we will be sharing with all families. The stay safe initiative have lots of additional ideas and resources on their website www.thestaysafeinitiative.org.uk
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report.
You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
There are many websites which offer support and advice for parents and carers around online safety: