Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of computing within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
E-mail and Instant Messaging
Chat Rooms and Social Networking
Blogs and Wikis
Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
Other mobile devices with web functionality
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much computing, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.
At Dovecotes we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on eSafety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Below are some website links that you may find useful for information and guidance to help you keep your children safe when they are using the internet.
(Please be aware that we have no control of the content that you may find on external websites.)
Guidance regarding the new Snapchat map feature.
Advice, help and report centre.
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Up-to-date list of social networks, apps and games.
An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Information to help children and young people stay safe online.
Information about internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Parent and Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement
The documents below have been distributed to all pupils but can be downloaded and returned to school should they have been misplaced.
The free NSPCC and O2 online safety helpline on 0808 8005002 can help parents keep their child safe online, including giving advice about parental controls, social media networks and reporting inappropriate content.