At Dunton Green Primary School we encourage all our children to use the internet. Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The internet is part of everyday life and the school has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.
However, we also know that the internet allows access to a great deal of entertainment, information and communication which is not related to school-based learning and that children, being naturally curious, will want to explore and investigate. Whilst encouraging the children to use the internet we also educate them about the risks that this can involve. Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online which can affect concentration, education, sleep and health
- copying information from the internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
In the past 2 years the school has held 4 internet safety workshops, including specific workshops for years 5 and 6 alongside their parents, and a talk by police just for parents regarding the specific risks of certain social media sites. This is in addition to our regular work on cyber-bullying and e-safety through regular lessons. Each class is taught about the importance of e-safety through their computing lessons and there is a range of sites and resources (listed below) which are also helpful to view at home. Information about these sites has also been made available through the weekly newsletter.
We have added a Child Exploitation and Protection Centre (CEOP) link on the front page of this school website. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, directly through National Crime Agency led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. If any child (or their parent or carer) finds something on the internet that worries them then they can use this link to report what they have seen.
The school has an E-Safety Policy which sets out in more detail how we manage e-safety within the school and how we deal with any incidents. This policy can be accessed here.