The internet is becoming an increasingly significant part of young people’s lives, and although it is undeniably a great resource for learning, unsafe use can pose risks. At Forest & Sandridge CofE Primary School, we believe that education is crucial to making sure that our pupils are able to use the internet safely. On Safer Internet Day, we will continue to teach students about the threats and dangers they may experience while online.
Every year, new statistics demonstrate the online risks faced by children with unsupervised and unrestricted access. Here are some of the most alarming:
- Almost 1 in 4 young people has come across racist or hate messages online.
- Around 1 in 8 has been bullied on social media.
- 1 in 4 children has experienced something upsetting on a social networking site.
- There were more than 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues in 2017.
Here at Forest & Sandridge, we understand how important it is to ensure our children are safe when going online, and we strive to provide children with the skills and understanding they need to keep themselves safe. Over the course of Safer Internet Day, our pupils will complete a whole range of activities, including creating posters, drawing comic strips, and recording our own adverts and short films.
In addition to this, we understand how important it is for us to support our parents and carers at home; to help them keep their children safe when they are using the internet, apps, games, or social media. To guide parents, we are conducting a whole-school survey to determine how much time our children are spending in front of a screen and informing parents on the best strategies to ensure their children are safe and equipped for today's rapidly changing online world.
James Mead- our Assistant Principal and Computing Lead, said: "As a staff, we are extremely passionate about the importance of promoting online safety, particularly in today's modern world. We aim to equip our children with the fundamental skills they need to ensure they are kept safe online whilst enjoying the amazing opportunities the digital world provides."
Although Tuesday is Safer Internet Day, our efforts to ensure the online safety of our pupils continue throughout the year. All members of staff are involved in encouraging safe online practices, and we are determined to prevent any of our students from being at risk.