Digital technology now includes much more than just the family computer. There are flat-screen television sets in most houses, and digital TV channels or films that you can watch on-demand on a variety of different devices. Smart phones and web enabled games consoles are carried by children as well as adults. They include mobile phones, digital cameras, access to thousands of ‘Apps’, podcasts and music tracks. Young people are able to communicate with others using social networking sites including Facebook as well as video conferencing sites such as via ‘Skype’.
At the Colliers Vale Federation we are developing our e-safety education with the new technologies in mind. We are keen to hear families’ views and experiences in order to develop pupil’s e-safety awareness at school, in the home as well as in the wider community.
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline? These websites are really useful.
Guidance on the most common apps and suitability of use
Helping parents keep their children safe online
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Play and Learn
Have you downloaded your own copy of the brilliant 'E-safety Kit' called 'Play and Learn: Being Online'? Whilst this activity book offers children from 4 to 8 years of age 30 pages of fun and games, it also leads them to sharpen their basic language and mathematical, social and cultural skills.
It gives them a glimpse of the impact modern technology can have on their everyday life. Above all it offers an opportunity for parents and teachers to sit together with their children and discuss these important issues.
Searching the web
Searching the web is something that has the potential to produce results that may not be suitable - to help eliminate this problem, this handy search tool is aimed at children of a primary age to help protect them whilst using the internet.