The Department for Education states:
The internet provides children and young people with a wealth of opportunities for their entertainment, communication and education. But there are also risks of harm through the deliberate behaviour of others online, and through exposure to inappropriate content.
As children grow up in an increasingly digital world, they need to be aware of the risks they face online. Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe and the internet industries have a particular responsibility to create tools and information to help.
Our mission at South Street is to make sure the internet is a great and safe place for children to use to support development and learning. Each classroom has access to laptops, Ipads, cameras and other sources of information which link us to the internet. We want our children to be responsible, SMART and safe uses of online technologies and know the steps to take if it becomes an unsafe environment to work and play in.
Online safety sessions are embedded in our practice by well trained and informed teachers, sometimes whole school assemblies, productions and seminars are delivered by online safety specialists so that children are further aware of the risks and dangers which can present themselves when using ICT.
For more information on keeping safe, being SMART and knowing the risks of using the internet please visit: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk for useful resources. http://parentinfo.org/ also has some useful advice, hints and tips.