Mead Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 5YS
Ready for Life
“Children and young people need to be empowered to keep them-selves safe. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”
Dr Tanya Byron Safer children in a digital world: The report of the Byron Review.
What is E Safety?
The Internet has become part of our everyday lives and is now easier to access than ever before. Use of the Internet can also have risks. Young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers include:
This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day is ‘Play your part for a better internet.’ It is important that parents and carers are also engaged and informed to ensure their children can get the most out of the internet.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has created a pack which consists of:
a script to accompany the presentation
conversation starters for parents
a parents letter to send home
a poster to promote the parent session
a parent factsheet with useful links
a parent information leaflet
Children at Abbeymead Primary use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and we at Abbeymead want to ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes. Below are the SMART rules which we encourage out children to use in and out of school