The internet offers a host of thrilling new possibilities for learning, creativity and fun. At Cloverlea we ensure that our pupils get the most out of digital technologies and become responsible users of technology. As part of our Computing curriculum we educate our pupils in online safety and give them the understanding, skills and tools in dealing with the challenges that the world wide web can bring. It is our aim to create sensible, respectable and safe online users.
At Cloverlea, we also want to help and assist our parents in keeping their children safe online whilst at home. Therefore, this section of the website is designed to help you. It is intended to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the world of technology and with the issues of internet safety at school and at home. We have put together a selection of links to useful publications, articles and websites that will help keep you informed and ensure that your child(ren) will continue to reap the benefits of the internet and technology whilst staying safe.
There’s a lot to take in when it comes to your child’s digital world, so here’s a handy 10-point checklist to get you started.
Think about how you guide your family in the real world and do the same in the digital world (even if it sometimes feels like your son or daughter is the technology expert in your home!)
Have a go with some of the technologies your child enjoys - if you haven’t already, download some music, set up a Facebook® profile or play a game on their Nintendo® Wii
Talk to your friends and family (and the parents of your child’s friends) about how they help their children to manage their digital world - you might get some useful tips
Try not to use technology as your babysitter - we all do it sometimes but it’s important to know what they’re doing
Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and rules, especially for younger children - their online reputation will follow them forever so it’s never too young to start
Make the most of built-in tools, such as Parental Controls, SafeSearch options and privacy controls
Remind older siblings that certain websites and devices might not be appropriate for their younger brother or sister and ask them to look out for them
Make digital issues part of everyday conversation - don’t shy away from talking to teenagers about difficult subjects like cyberbullying, sexting and copyright infringement, for example
Keep communicating - show your child that you understand how important technology is to them and reassure them that they can come to you about anything that is worrying them in their digital world
Read as many Digital Parenting articles as you can and visit the website at www.vodafone.com/parents so that you stay ahead of the game.
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.