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The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Students with internet access are more confident and have been shown to produce better-researched, more effective and well presented projects. Used effectively these exciting and innovative tools have been shown to raise educational standards and promote student achievement.
However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students' resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks. At Kings we provided the necessary safeguards to help ensure that everything that could reasonably be expected of us to manage and reduce these risks is being done.
The following links are an invaluable source of advice and guidance for parents, carers and students. Although much of the information, advice and guidance is similar on each site, the presentations are different.
We would encourage you to investigate each of the sites with your child and follow the links for both parents and young people.
South West Grid for Learning - SWGfL has pioneered work in the field of Internet safety since 2003 with huge success. The organisation and its partners work tirelessly to ensure that not only children across the South West are safer whilst online but also their parents and those working with them, where ever they are.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Download - How Safe Are You Online?
ThinkUKnow - Enter to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what's good, what's not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there's an area for you too - with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there's also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All information is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
Childnet - Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
Insafe - The Insafe network provides a range of information, awareness-raising tools and educational resources on issues relating to online safety for parents and teachers, and children and young people.
Cyber Bullying - keeping your children safe online; a useful document for parents about how to monitor your child's safety as well as practical steps to take when you have cause for concern.
Get Safe Online | Free online security advice - The UK's leading awareness resource helping protect people, finances, devices and businesses from fraud, abuse and other issues encountered online.
A presentation from Avon and Somerset Constabulary: What are kids really doing on line from 2 October 2018 Parents' Evening
A presentation from Nicola Morgan: Life Online a parent pack on slideshare.net
Emojis are becoming an increasingly common method of communication for everybody. Emojis are simple to understand, quick to type and can get the tone of the message across. Just as understanding the language that young people use can be important for safeguarding them, we think it is also useful to understand how emojis can be used. If we have a better understanding of their meaning, we can foster better connections with children and young people, and identify any potential risks.
A leaflet from The Children's Society: Emoji Dictionary to understand how some emojis may be being used
This slang dictionary seeks to support parents, carers and professionals to better understand the language young people may be using and support them to safeguard young people.
A booklet from The Children's Society: Slang Dictionary to understand how some slang words may be being used