The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. While it is important not to discourage them from developing the skills which enable them to use up to date technology, it is essential that parents support their children to enable them to navigate the online world safely.
Some issues related to primary school children using the internet safely are:
Accessing inappropriate content
Using mature social networking sites such as facebook and connecting with people who may not be safe
Being cyberbullied by others on the internet
Using technology appropriately eg. Webcams and cameras on mobile devices
Sharing information with people that they don’t know on the internet
Playing video games with adult rating such as Call of Duty
At St Matthew’s we talk to the children about keeping safe when using technology as part of the IT and PSHE curriculum. We know, however, that for many of our children technology is an ever day part of their lives at home. We therefore ask you to stop for a moment and think whether your children are really safe.
Useful information can be found on the Internet Matters website. Please click here to access the site.
Information about the Momo challenge can be found on the ParentZone website here and there is also a useful article in the Huffington Post.
The following webites contain some useful information: