Duke Street School is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day will see Duke Street School join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet.
To celebrate the day, the children will have assemblies with the theme of keeping safe online, and they will complete activities to help promote the need to stay safe and how to conduct themselves whilst online.
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said:
“Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”
We hope that the ideas that we have been posting on the weekly newsletter and the activities that the children will complete during the day and in lessons, will help to make the children at Duke Street safer and responsible users of the internet.
Videos watched by the children on Safer Internet Day
Research has proven that use of technology brings enormous benefits to learning and teaching. However, as with many developments in the modern age, it also brings an element of risk. Whilst it is unrealistic to eliminate all risks associated with technology, the implementation of an effective eSafety Policy will help children to develop the skills and confidence to manage potential risks and considerably reduce their impact.
Our eSafety Policy, as part of the wider safeguarding agenda, outlines how we will ensure our school community are prepared to deal with the safety challenges that the use of technology brings.
Vision Statement for eSafety.
- Duke Street’s vision is for all the school community to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- At Duke Street we use technology when appropriate to enhance the learning experience for our children and to support the daily organisation and administration tasks carried out by school staff.
- Following the objectives in the Computing National Curriculum, we will teach the children to:
“use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact”
- Our eSafety Policy defines what we consider to be acceptable and unacceptable behaviour regarding the uses of technology in school and the sanctions or procedures to be followed should breaches of security occur. It is communicated to staff, governors, pupils and parents and is updated in light of the introduction of new technologies or incidents.
Below are some useful documents to help keep your child safe online: