Staying Safe and Happy Online
ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
- E-mail, Instant Messaging and chat rooms
- Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter
- Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
- Other mobile devices including tablets and gaming devices
- Online Games
- Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
- Blogs and Wikis, Podcasting
- Video sharing, Downloading
- On demand TV and video, movies and radio / Smart TVs
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).
At Tuition, Medical and Behaviour Support Service, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-safety Issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Useful documents and links
- Online Safety for Children - Tips & Guides | NSPCC
- Parents and Carers | Safer Internet Centre
- Parents and carers - Childnet
- Net Aware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games (net-aware.org.uk)
- Parent Info | From NCA-CEOP and The Parent Zone
- Safer Internet Day | Safer Internet Centre