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The Internet offers today’s young people a multitude of opportunities for both work and play, and at Harpenden Academy we are committed to ensuring that our children develop into positive digital citizens who can confidently and safely make use of new technologies. In school we do our part to keep our children safe by filtering and monitoring their Internet access and by giving e-safety a high profile in assemblies and class activities as well as in Life Skills and Computing lessons. Of course, this focus is most effective when reinforced at home and the role that parents can play cannot be underestimated. The internet is an exciting and fun place for adults and children to use and explore educationally and socially. The challenge for parents, carers and teachers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the internet and related technologies.
Information about online safety issues and how to ‘Stay Safe’ can be found on the websites below. This is just a sample of websites that can provide parents with support and information. Once parents and carers have the background knowledge and understanding of eSafety they can decide what is right for their family.
Keeping open lines of communication with your children regarding the threats that may be encountered online is very important, and the resources below should equip you with the knowledge and understanding required to have these conversations. If you do have any further queries or concerns regarding e-safety then please contact the school.
The internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, games consoles and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our children often use the internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’. Access to the internet can take place anywhere and at anytime so we need to make sure our children are able to use the internet safely. Many children are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or sharing too much personal information.
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