In today's developing society, children use lots of different technologies such as mobile phones, games consoles and the internet on a daily basis and experience a wide range of opportunities. This level of technology and the ways in which we can communicate are beneficial to all but can occasionally place children, young people and adults in danger if they are not managed appropriately.
Heathfield Primary School ensures that we have the right balance between controlling access to the internet and technology, setting rules and boundaries and educating students and staff about responsible use. We are aware that children and staff cannot be completely prevented from being exposed to risks both on and offline. Children should be empowered and educated so that they are equipped with the skills to make safe and responsible decisions as well as to feel able to report any concerns. All members of staff are aware of the importance of good e-Safety practice in the classroom in order to educate and protect the children in their care. At the heart of Computing at Heathfield Primary School we strive to deliver the important message of how to keep ourselves safe online. Each year group delivers e-Safety lessons which teach children how to be safe online and what to do when they do feel threatened in any way.
Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people, but at Heathfield we also want to celebrate the positives and to explore what we can all do to make sure that all young people have a positive time online. Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children's digital lives.
Please click the logos below for more online resources and information around internet safety and what you can do to help keep your child safe online:
E-Safety Guides and Advice
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What Parents need to know about online grooming
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Policing vs Parenting - Get to grips with gaming
With the increasing popularity of gaming, it can be difficult to know how to approach this as parents. While some sensible boundaries are helpful, they are only a short term solution for how we guide children towards gaming health.
A Parent's guide to internet controls
Here's everything you need to know about internet controls in a handy guide, covering router filter controls, parental software controls, ISP filtering controls and useful recommendations.
What you need to know about home devices
Many smart devices and functions can be 'hacked' and controlled by someone outside your home. This guide will help you identify some of the ways you can stay alert and protect yourself.
What you need to know about YouTube
YouTube has continued to grow in popularity over recent years, especially with the increase in trends like live gaming streaming and TikTok. Now, more than ever, it is vital that parents know what content their children are watching and the potential risks.