Internet Safety for children has never been so important. At Langney Primary School, we constantly review and evolve our internet safety procedures to ensure our pupils are not only protected from the dangers of the Internet and World Wide Web but are also fully informed and educated on how best to deal with online threats and concerns.
Being educated about Internet Safety is an essential life skill. Providing children with the knowledge to protect themselves and their personal information is a key focus throughout our pupils’ digital learning.
THE OPEN, YET SAFE, ENVIRONMENT
At Langney Primary School, we have utilised the safety benefits of Google Apps for Education by providing all our Key Stage 2 pupils with their own enhanced Google account; with the significant dividend of allowing the school to maintain administration rights, oversee safety filters and access or block particular websites. Pupils can create and manage their own passwords, bookmarks, web apps and page personalisation but within an environment that is designed with age appropriateness in mind.
A COMMUNITY APPROACH
At Langney Primary, we understand that internet safety concerns differ depending on the standpoint of the individual. We conduct termly meetings, through an Internet Safety Committee, which has representation from a wide range of stakeholders; from pupils to staff to governors to parents. Minutes are recorded in each meeting and the documentation made available to all committee members for their records. The Internet Safety Committee is a key driver in the delivery the internet safety throughout our school and aims to stay ahead of internet safety developments.
Our dedication to internet safety extends beyond just our pupils. Allowing our pupils’ parents to adapt to the fast changing digital world is an important aspect of our whole community internet safety development. With our pupils fast gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience of cloud storage, personal accounts and web-based applications we understand parents can feel daunted by the ever-evolving digital world their children are growing up in. At Langney Primary, we offer adult computing workshops, centred on bridging the gap between pupil/parent understanding of internet usage and safety.
INTERNET SAFETY IN THE CURRICULUM
To ensure purposeful teaching and learning, our Computing Curriculum dedicates a whole term to internet safety, differentiated to the needs of the child. Pupils are encouraged to discuss their own concerns and an ‘Internet Safety Box,’ located in our Computing Suite, is available and used to promote child led, child centred teaching and learning. Additionally, to maintain the high profile and importance of internet safety, the International ‘Safer Internet Day’ is embraced and celebrated, along with whole school assemblies. Every term also begins with a bite-sized, internet safety theme.
Learning from experiences can help mould and improve development. If and when incidents involving internet safety occur, a record is made. Lessons are learnt and improvements are made. This is incredibly valuable for enabling purposeful progress and improvement in our school’s continual desire to advance not only internet safety but also digital excellence.
A selection of parent information portals have been provided below.
Please click on each one to obtain more information on how to better equip yourself on how to promote a safer internet for your family.