Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential area of learning. It plays an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of new technologies in order to equip young people with the skills they will need to access life-long learning and employment.
At Halfway Junior School, we are delighted to provide children with the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to deliver our curriculum. Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much IT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed and users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies. At Halfway Junior School, we understand the responsibility and importance of to ensuring that the children are aware of and understand a range of eSafety issues.
For parents and carers the internet has opened a whole new world dangers and opportunities. Parents can sometimes struggle to keep up with the things their children are doing online while others – who may be quite used to using the technology themselves – perhaps don’t realise that children need to be supervised while accessing the internet. At the school, we teach eSafety at an age-appropriate level to each year group each year.
Below are a number of websites and links to support parents / carers in being aware of the dangers online and ways that you can support your child in keeping safe when using the internet.
Think-U-Know: advice from the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
KidSmart: a guide to online safety for all internet users
CEOP: lots of useful information for parents and carers on esafety issues
cbbc - the ultimate internet survival guide
O2/NSPCC - helping parents and gaurdians understand the digital world their children live inn
cg parents and guardians understand the digital world their children live in.
NetAware is a simple guide, for parents and familes, to the most popular social networks, apps and games. Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.
Click here to find out more and to sign up for email alerts. Be the first to hear about new social networks, potential risks, important updates and news to keep you child safe on line
Snapchat had an update on 21st June 2017. This now allows GPS to pinpoint a user’s location on a map. Your child is depicted by a 'Bitmoji' on the map. Although it seems a harmless fun, potentially your child's precise location could be used to locate them and zooming in on the map shows you exactly where they are. While someone would need to know your child’s username, and for them to accept their friend request, this information is often easy to find online.
Your child can protect their location by setting up a ‘Ghost Mode’. To do this you need to open snapchat on to the camera screen. Pinch inwards on the screen as if trying to make it smaller. You will be taken to the map screen. There you will see your Bitmoji (green silhouette). Click on this and your settings appear at the bottom of the screen. Click there and turn ‘Ghost Mode’ on. Please note if you have not updated the app, the Ghost Mode will not be available.
Safe Search Kids provides safe browsing. Conducting searches from the Google website ensures Google Safe Search is always set to the highest level of security.
Click to access Google Safe Search www.safesearchkids.com
Safer Internet Day 2018 is being celebrated globally today on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you. Click here for details.