Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them. Article 17, UNCRC
At Manor Field, we recognise the value of the internet and the integral place of digital technology in the world in which we live; however, we also understand our responsibility in teaching the children how to access digital technology, and particularly the internet, safely and mindfully.
Each year, parents are invited to school as part of the National Safer Internet Day. During the morning, we explore a number of themes with parents, ranging from computer addiction to online privacy. In addition, throughout the year, we explore different themes with the children as part of their Digital Technology and PSHE curriculums.
Through the school newsletters, we are able to share up-to-date information about new apps and games, and encourage parents to inform us of any new trends or concerns that they encounter. It is important for parents and schools to work in partnership together.
There is a number of resources for parents wanting to find out more about how to keep their children safe online. As a school, we would highly recommend accessing www.thinkuknow.co.uk. This website contains a wealth of information, is up-to-date and informative. If you know of any others, please let us know so that we can share them with parents.
SEND Support - research shows that vulnerable pupils are far more at risk of peer pressure, viewing self-harm/suicide content, cyber bullying and interacting with radical groups vs their non-vulnerable peers. Here are some other resources from the NSPCC aimed at families to support this.
NSPCC and Lego
A brand new resource just launched between NSPCC and Lego - another good link for parents:
How Build & Talk works...
Open the activity on your tablet or phone (a bigger screen will be better). Grab your LEGO® bricks (or a pen and paper) and find a comfy, quiet place to sit together.
Read the story aloud to your child. You’ll find hints on what they need to build as you go along.
Use the suggested questions and conversation prompts to start chatting about digital safety and wellbeing with your child.