Welcome to our online safety page. Here you will find all the relevant information regarding how to keep your child safe online. This page will provide you with the tools necessary to keep up to date with the current online safety issues.
What is online safety?
In basic terms, online safety refers to the act of staying safe online. There are other terms such as internet safety, e-safety and cyber safety. Online safety focuses on all relevant technological devices such as PCs, Laptops, smartphones and tablets.
Individuals are able to protect themselves and others from potential online harms and risks which may put their personal information in jeopardy. Mental health and wellbeing play a huge role in online safety.
Technology has become a huge part of our society and will continue to do so. It is incredibly important to discuss these issues with the children in our ever-changing world to keep them safe.
What are some of the risks?
Whilst technology and the internet have many positives, we must also be aware of the potential harms and risks that are involved. Risks include but are not limited to: online bullying, grooming and device addiction. We must have a great awareness of the current social media trends and apps, what children are viewing online and what they are posting online to ensure that their mental health and wellbeing are protected.
What are we doing at Avenue Junior School?
At Avenue Junior School, we make it our mission to make the internet a safe and positive place for children. Online safety is part of the computing curriculum in which teachers will plan and deliver well-structured lessons empowering children to stay safe online when using a range of digital devices. Where necessary, we address common misconceptions and we always aim to make advice as up-to-date and relevant as possible. Staff, caregivers and children are updated weekly (Wake up Wednesdays) on current social media apps or trends. We hope that this will enable caregivers to be equipped with tools to deal with any issues online. Every year, we hold a safer internet day where the staff/children will use the day to explore issues surrounding online safety. A number of our assemblies each year also focus on how we can be safe online.
Below are some useful links around online safety.