It is vital to educate our pupils about online safety in a 21st Century school.
All our children and young people will be supported to develop as ambitious, capable learners who use digital technologies creatively to communicate, find and analyse information and are ready to learn throughout their lives.
They will be enterprising, creative contributors who connect and apply their knowledge and skills to create ideas and products and are ready to play a full part in life and work.
They will be supported to be ethical, informed citizens who will understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices and acting and are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.
They will be healthy, confident individuals who have the skills and knowledge to manage everyday life as independently as they can by forming positive relationships based upon trust and mutual respect; ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
At Llanmiloe Primary School we place great emphasis on e-safety and keeping our children safe when they are on-line. We take this very seriously! As well as being most obviously featured in our ICT curriculum, it forms part of every interaction we have with technology – which at Llanmiloe is extensive. Our curriculum includes regular sessions and assemblies through which we teach children the necessary tools to become discerning consumers of digital content. We help them understand that their digital activity forms a footprint that follows them throughout their lives and is searchable by others.
In school, we try to keep up to date with the rapid pace of change in this digital world, and it isn’t easy. There is also a need for awareness outside of school where the access to technology is potentially less structured or filtered. We know that it can be very difficult for parents to be informed of the latest sites and issues that may affect their child when working on-line. With this in mind, through regular updates, digital parenting publications, bulletins and this e-safety page, we hope to point parents to useful sites and important information which will help them keep informed and more importantly understand the risks to children on-line.
Our Police Liaison Officer PC Craig Williams will also visit the school regulalry to support the learning within the classroom, and to ensure that the appropriate safeguarding messages are shared with the children and staff.
OUR TOP E-SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AT LLANMILOE
- SET BOUNDARIES IN THE ONLINE WORLD JUST AS YOU WOULD IN THE REAL WORLD.
- BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILD’S ONLINE LIFE. IF THEY LOVE AN ON-LINE GAME, OR SITE, EXPLORE IT WITH THEM SO YOU CAN CHAT ABOUT IT TOGETHER AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS.
- KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH YOUR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT ONLINE. THE DIGITAL PARENTING MAGAZINE WE SEND OUT IS REALLY HELPFUL AND SUGGESTS WHAT ON-LINE ACTIVITY IS AGE APPROPRIATE.
- CONSIDER THE USE OF PARENTAL CONTROLS ON DEVICES THAT LINK TO THE INTERNET, SUCH AS THE TV, LAPTOPS, COMPUTERS, GAMES CONSOLES AND MOBILE PHONES.
- EMPHASISE THAT NOT EVERYONE IS WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE.
- KNOW WHAT CONNECTS TO THE INTERNET IN YOUR HOUSE AND HOW. YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE THAT GAMES CONSOLES ETC. HAVE ON-LINE CAPABILITY.
- WATCH THINKUKNOW FILMS TO LEARN MORE.
- GET THE TECHNOLOGY OUT OF THE BEDROOM! THIS WILL ALSO HELP PROMOTE A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP.
- PEGI RATINGS ADVISE WHICH GAMES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR WHICH AGE: THEY PROTECT CHILDREN FROM EXTREME SCENES IN MANY CASES, SO TAKE NOTICE OF THEM.
- OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ANY PUPILS AT THE SCHOOL, YOU CAN ALERT US BY CONTACTING THE SCHOOL AND ASKING FOR ONE OF THE DESIGNATED CHILD PROTECTION OFFICERS.
Please take the opportunity to visit the links below to find information and complete activities, which will promote a wider awareness of e-Safety issues.
Steps for Good Digital Parenting
It can be very difficult for parents to keep up to date with the on-line world, especially at the same speed as the children. As parents ourselves, the staff at school are facing similar challenges. This is made more difficult by the fact that we are the first generation of parents to be dealing with these issues. Our own parents may be the ones we learnt our parenting skills from, but they did not have to deal with such wide ranging on-line issues (especially those of us who are older), so we have no role models to draw our experiences from.
These handy tips from Good Digital Parenting offer some easy to follow ideas for parents who need guidance in understating what their children are engaged in on-line and helping them make healthy on-line choices. We hope you find them useful.
Setting up parent controls across multiple devices.
We know that Christmas has brought some new and exciting gadgets to some of our children, which makes parents very popular, but also gives new worries around ensuring that our children can use them safely. Having multiple gadgets can add to the stress of dealing with appropriate content, screen time and game related issues.
No-one wants to be a party pooper, however for our peace of mind as parents having appropriate controls in place ensuring our children are using the equipment safely, and are protected from unsuitable content, is paramount.
It can be a minefield. When there are multiple pieces of equipment involved, where do you start?
Internet Matters have created a tool which will help you identify the devices in your house and will walk you through the steps to help set up those devices safely.
To access the tool, click here
TikTok – What parents need to know
Useful E-Safety Videos for Parents and Learners
Carmarthenshire County Council believes that the use of information and communication technologies in schools brings great benefits. Recognising the e-safety challenges and planning accordingly will help to ensure appropriate, effective, safe and positive use of electronic communications.
Llanmiloe Primary School is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.