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Online Safety and Digital Support

KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE..

WDA TAKES INTERNET SAFETY SERIOUSLY

 

West Drayton Academy takes online safety seriously. The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their  access to various  types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of  various online risks

We recognise access to devices and the internet is a vital tool for staff and pupils. Teachers , parents and pupils need  to develop good practice in using the internet as tool for teaching and learning. 

 

Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is all of our responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online.

Please check this newsletter with an updated list of information about current apps and websites your child may be exploring.

See our online safety policy here 

 

At Home

 

As a parent, you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

E-Safety Tips for Parents: 6-10

E-Safety Tips for Parents: Under 5

How to Set Up Parental Controls for apps

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