At Leigh Primary School we encourage all our children to use the internet. The purpose of internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions. Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The internet is part of everyday life for education and the school has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.
Whilst encouraging the children to use the internet we also educate them about the risks that this can involve. Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
The school held an e-safety workshop for parents in November 2017 about the risks of allowing children to use the internet. This session was led by Stuart Hancock and included information from our children at Leigh from a questionnaire they filled in. If you were unable to attend this meeting then we have posted Stuart’s powerpoint presentation below for you to look at. We also have posted below a Children, ICT and E-Safety leaflet that KCC have produced.
We have added a CEOP link on the front page of this school website. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. If any child finds something on the internet that worries them then they can use this link to report what they have seen.
We recommend the nationally-acclaimed ThinkUKnow scheme. The scheme highlights the importance of online safety and promotes use of the "Report Abuse" button to report illegal or inappropriate online behaviour.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning the NSPCC with O2 and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.