Our ICT Vision - To open up children’s minds to explore ICT opportunities and possibilities, now and in the future.To encourage the independent use of ICT to support their dreams and aspirations in school and beyond.
At St Cuthbert’s we make sure our pupils use the internet safely and securely. Through PSHE and ICT sessions children build their awareness from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access a wide range of digital material (both good and bad) and bring them into their homes.
Here are some tips to help keep your child safe online:
- Use a Safe Search Engine - There are several search engines designed with child safety in mind. An example is SafeSearchKids
- Use Child friendly safe websites - There are lots of links to safe websites for children to use in our Useful Websites section. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so we advise that our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer a safe level of protection, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Some useful e-safety checklists and guides:
(The school's e-safety policy can be found under "School Policies" in the "Information for Parents" menu)
- NSPCC Net Aware
- Parental guide to facebook
- Digital Parenting
- A useful guide for setting restrictions on Apple devices (ipod, ipod touch, ipad, iphone)
Some links to more e-safety guides and information
ParentInfo - Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.
PitDA (Parenting in the Digital Age) - Helping parents apply their parenting skills to the online world.
Think U Know - Internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers. This site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP (Follow the Parent/Carer link)
CEOP - Receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.