ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
- Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
- Email and Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms and Social Networking
- Blogs and Wikis
- Video Broadcasting
- Music Downloading
- Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
- Other mobile devices with web functionality.
There is a significant amount of information from Ealing about their model of eSafety which can be reached by following the Ealing eSafety link. Berrymede also has its own policy on Internet Safety that can be viewed by following the Internet Safety Policy link.
Home and Family Guidelines
- Talk together, share experiences and have fun learning.
- Involve everyone in discussing & agreeing your family guideline and rules. Remember that sometimes what is acceptable for a 15 yr old child is not appropriate for an 8 yr old.
- Discuss regularly online safety and go online with your children. Communication is the key to safety.
- Keep anti-virus, spyware and firewall software up to date.
- Ask you internet provider for a service that filters out inappropriate sites (eg: pornography /race hate /extreme violence etc).
- Enable your ‘browser safe’ search and/or consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines.
- Delay buying your child a smart phone until they are older.
- Show how you will look at the browser history and will expect to see sites visited and will want an explanation should the history have been cleared in any way.
- If possible, keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children viewing. Never let childre4n have webcams, or similar, in their bedroom.
- Talk to your children about why they should not give out their personal details (eg:, real name, address, mobile number, email, school etc) If they want to subscribe to any online service then make up a family email address to receive the mail.
- If you allow your children to use social networking sites (e.g: facebook), make sure the privacy settings are set either to ‘Friends’ or Customise’ which allows you to restrict posts / photos etc, to be seen only by people you list.
- Insist that your children agree to discuss with you first, if they are asked to meet up with some they’ve met online.
- Monitor & restrict the time your children spend online to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Encourage activities away from technology!
- Encourage4 your children, and all family members, to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
- Create a set of family guideline that all family follow and agree what will happen if they are not followed.