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E-safety for Parents

Ramsbury Primary School believes in the educational benefits of Information Communication and Technology (ICT). Internet access for pupils is an essential resource for learning. As a school, we recognise the E-safety issues and plan accordingly to help to ensure appropriate, effective and safe pupil use.

The curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using ICT. In delivering the curriculum, teachers plan to integrate the use of communications technology such as web-based resources, e‑mail and mobile learning. Computer skills are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed ICT is an essential life-skill.

Many young people and adults find that using the Internet and mobile phones is a positive and creative part of their everyday life. Unfortunately, technologies can also be used negatively. It is essential that young people, school staff and parents and carers understand how cyberbullying is different from other forms of bullying, how it can affect people and how to respond and combat misuse. Promoting a culture of confident users will support innovation and safety.

Cyberbullying can be defined as "The use of Information Communication Technology, particularly mobile phones and the internet to deliberately hurt or upset someone" DCSF 2007. DfE and Childnet have produced resources and guidance that can be used to give practical advice and guidance on cyberbullying through Digizen

Parents need to be aware of the potential dangers that are associated with online communications, social networking sites and mobile technologies to help ensure their children are not putting themselves at risk. On-line communications, social networking and social media services are filtered in school by the SWGfL but are likely to be accessible from home.

Pupils should be encouraged to think about the ease of uploading personal information, the associated dangers and the difficulty of removing an inappropriate image or information once published. Schools have a key role to teach young people about the importance of keeping personal information safe.

Useful Websites For Parents and Carers

Websites providing e-safety advice for parents and carers:

Safer Internet

Thinkuknow

Childnet

NSPCC

Kids Smart - a downloadable PowerPoint presentation for parents