At Merritts Brook we take safeguarding very seriously and extend our concerns to the safety of our children when using ICT. The Internet is an invaluable tool for life-long learning and communication; we just have to help our children learn to use this invaluable tool safely.
Children and young people are prone to the same kind of risks including spam and scam emails, fraud and identify theft like adults are. However there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from accessing the internet, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them and exposure to inappropriate material.
At Merritts Brook, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. E-safety lies at the heart of our ICT planning and opportunities are built into our teaching time in order to equip children with the relevant skills to deal with any e-safety issues.
The whole school took part in lessons and activities designed to help them stay safe in the digital world; we then shared with each other what we have learnt during our whole school assembly.
Below you can find pictures from across the whole school from our e-safety day which took place on September 22nd 2014.
E-safety website links to explore with your child
This is a good website to explore using the internet safety with your child. There are lots of e-safety activities and resources to explore, all using a child friendly approach.
CEOP's Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, presentations, parental guidance, games and posters.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a site where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.
The internet watch foundation works to minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content.
Lots of advice for children and how to stay safe while using the internet.
Advice for grown-ups about how they can stay safe online.
A charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.