As we approach the festive period, a number of our students may be receiving a new gadget as a gift, from games consoles to smartphones and tablets, most of which will be internet ready. You will already be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for young people, from self-expression to improved methods of communication, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from.
As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this and with this in mind below is a summary of guidance you can find to support your child with their new technologies.
We will also be repeating in February, close to Safer Internet Day, some information sessions for parents/carers combining the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) and the Left To Their Own Devices courses.
There is no silver bullet when it comes to ensuring that children use technologies in a safe and enjoyable way. By following this simple checklist, you can start to protect them and decrease the risks they face:
A students may also be receiving smart devices or smart toys for Christmas, CEOP has recently published guidance on how these devices could introduce risk to children and young people and how to mitigate for these risks. Find more information here (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-the-internet-of-things-iot)
BBC Own It App
Getting that first phone is a big moment for any child. But for parents and carers, it’s often a worrying time too. The Own It keyboard and app gives parents peace of mind by empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.
The BBC Own It app allows child to use their phones as they would normally, however it adds the following features;
Follow this link to find out more and to download the app from Apple or GooglePlay app store https://www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app
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