What is online safety?
Online safety is the safe use of information systems and electronic communications including the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that pupils understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
Online safety also incorporates the following:
- Safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- Learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive, safe and ethical way.
- Trying not to be restrictive but teaching young people about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- Supporting pupils to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
Chenies Primary School recognises that the internet and other items of technology can give pupils access to an enormous range of information, resources and tools to support their learning. We encourage them to safely use the wide range of available libraries, search engines, databases, sites and resources as part of their own learning and research. Home access to the internet and related technologies such as e-mail, messaging services and social media are common place. For this reason, we accept our responsibility in helping children use safe and responsible behaviours whenever they use these technologies. It is essential that shared good practice within and beyond school is implemented in order to safeguard our community. The use of ICT and digital technologies are monitored carefully in school, with practices and policies kept under review to respond to an ever-changing environment.