The safety and wellbeing of our students, here at Foxdell Infant School is of paramount importance, both in terms of the physical world but of equal importance is that of the online world. If we are to “prepare children for a life full of learning” , all of our children and young people need to be made aware of the benefits and dangers of an online presence. Similarly
educating children with the skills needed for basic safety for life (road safety, safety in the home, relationships with strangers), keeping yourself safe online is equally a skill for life.
If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might try to exploit them.
At Foxdell Infant School, we set most of our homework through online applications. We expect our children to be able to access these applications, complete their work and then have fun on the application. To be able to do thissafely, we educate our students and parents about the risks involved with the internet. We continue to develop a curriculum which addresses online safety, with age appropriate examples, so that our youngest children through to our oldest understand the context they may find themselves in.
Our taught curriculum covers issues such as online safety, trustworthiness of websites, positive relationships and digital footprint.
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Simply put, if you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online. Below you will find a list of some websites you can visit to find out more.
We encourage parents to maintain active discussions with their children around online safety, put filtering in place at home and to impose sensible time limits on the use of devices at home.
In school, we have a very clear internet safety policy and each year all students are educated how to stay safe online.
We have introduced Online Safety bags, which a child from each class is given a chance to take home weekly. They take the bag home on a Friday and bring it back to school on Monday. It is an opportunity for the child and their families to explore games, puzzles, colouring in, dot to dots, crosswords and information about how to stay safe whilst online. Each year group has a different character to learn about. We organise annual online safety parent workshops delivered by Bedfordshire Police.
For those parents who are concerned about their children’s safety or the internet, the following sites provide useful advice: