eSafety at St. Michael's
What does eSafety mean?
Using the Internet is now an everyday occurrence for most adults and children. With ever expanding new technologies such as blogs (online diaries), social networking spaces, online chat and mobile phones children are using technology in a way never seen before. The increased use of technology at school and home also exposes children to a number of risks and dangers. In its simplest form eSafety is about ensuring children use new technologies (computers, mobile phones and gaming devices) in a way which will keep them safe without limiting their opportunities for creation and innovation.
Why the Internet and digital communications are important
- The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business, and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.
- Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.
Internet use will enhance learning
- The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils.
- Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use.
- Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation
- Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.
Information for Parents:
The following links provide a wealth of information and ‘top tips’ for keeping your child safe online.
http://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - Includes age limits and other information.
eSafety Newsletter - Summer 2015 (595KB)
Key eSafety Information for Parents (1,780KB)
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Click here to see Year 5's eSafety website!
Watch out for our eSafety drop-in sessions, assemblies and other events in school to learn more.