Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school.
The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers to teach and pupils to learn. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access.
The use of innovative online tools in school and at home has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil achievement.
At Menston Primary School we teach children how to manage the risks associated with using digital equipment and the internet both in and out of school. Online safety is taught as part of our computing curriculum and is also taught as part of our broader safeguarding curriculum through PSHE and assemblies. We have effective filtering systems and online activity which takes place using school PCs and laptops is monitored through Smoothwall.
Our Year 6 pupils have created e-safety presentations, which they have designed for presentation to other pupils in school. Click here to see an example of a presentation.
Click here to read our Online Safety Policy.
Click here to read our top ten tips for staying safe online.
Click here to access the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) guidance for parents/ carers of children who are using social media.
Click here to access a factsheet for parents on child safety on YouTube.
We have added links that parents will find useful to keep their children safe online outside school.