Computer literacy is an essential skill in the modern world. All children at Woodford Green Primary have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from age four to eleven. They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively in order to advance their learning across the curriculum.
While technology can help us communicate, do work, learn and have fun, it is also important to remember that technology can potentially be dangerous.
We recognise the importance of educating children and young people in using these technologies safely. This is achieved by ensuring children within our school understand the benefits and risks of using this technology. We provide safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences.
Promoting e-safety at home
It is important that you regularly talk to your children about how to keep safe when accessing the online world. It is important that children understand that internet use is underpinned by trust but at the same time children should understand that there are consequences for misuse of this technology.
Dialogue: Talk to your child about their online use on a regular basis. When opening the conversation with your child start with positives, finding out as much as you can about what your child does online and what it means to them. Ask your child to teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Regularly discuss the dangers of the internet and what they can do if they find themselves in difficult situation. Talk to your child about what it might be appropriate or inappropriate to share online – this includes photos, videos, comments and personal information.
Location: Make sure mobile devices or computers are in communual family ares in bedrooms, especially after bed time.
Online Safety: Install antivirus softwares, secure your internet connection and use 'Parental Control' functions to block unsutiable content. Information on how to do this is available from your internet provider.
To find out more about how to stay safe using technology click on the links and download the documents below:
In Year 5 we have been designing E-Safety posters on the laptops.
We have created our own
Recipes for a Safer Internet.
In Year 4 we have been thinking about our Digital Footprints, this means all the websites we have visited in the past.
We have created Digital Footprints posters to show all the things we enjoy doing online.
In Year 3 we have been thinking about who could help us if we have difficulties online.
We have each made a Helping Hand and written the names of 5 trusted adults who we can talk to if we feel worried about something online.
The caption reads: As part of our E-Safety learning in Year 6, we have designed posters showing our most important 'Online Rights and Responsibilities'. These are the things that we believe would help to make the internet a better place for all users.