The Internet is now regarded as an essential resource to support teaching and learning. The curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using ICT. In delivering the curriculum, teachers need to plan to integrate the use of communications technology such as web-based resources and e-mail and mobile learning, such as phones and touch screen tablet devices. Computer skills are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed Computing is now seen as an essential life-skill.
Young people have access to the Internet from many places, home, school, friends' homes, libraries and in many cases mobile phones. Schools have a number of services to help ensure that curriculum use is safe and appropriate, however, access out of school does not usually have these services and has a range of risks associated with its use. Schools are ideally placed to help young people learn to become e-safe.
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children's. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. The links below are to websites with lots of useful information to help parents and carers. They give you advice on how to talk to your children about what they are doing online, how to monitor what they are using and what the capabilities of different devices are.
|Developed by CEOPs and internet parenting charity, Parent Zone, Parent Info provides up to date, expert information for parents on a range of concerns they may have about children and young people.|
|O2 have joined forces with the NSPCC to help keep children safe. Parents can explore the internet like children do and understand the dangers that exist online.|
|This website has lots of advice for parents on all matters relating to e-safety|
|Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of technology like mobiles.|
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|The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety.|
|Safer Internet Day 2015 will take place on 10th February 2015, with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'.|
The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.
|'Knowthenet' aims to offer some of the most reliable and accessible, impartial advice to help you make the most of the internet and keep you and your family stay safe and secure online.|
|You can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focusing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.|
|'Know it all for Parents' is an unique interactive guide produced by Childnet International designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.|
|Vodafone has created this guide to help parents understand their children's digital world. The magazine brings together the latest advice on digital issues such as online reputation, location services, sexting, cyberbullying and illegal content.|
|Vodafone has plenty of information to help keep your children safe online.|
|Bullying advice from Bullying UK - bullying at work, cyberbullying, and find out how you can deal with it from leading bullying organisation Bullying UK, part of Family Lives.|
|From Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and Tumblr a simple no-nonsense guide for parents from NSPCC and Mumsnet to the social media, apps and games that kids use.|
|Questions, answers and tools to help you make the most of your time online.|
Setting up a device safely for children
There are lots of apps, games and programmes children can use on their different electronic devices and it can be worrying for parents to know how to protect their children online. Have a look at the poster to see some easy ways to manage your devices safely for children.
Parental Internet Safety Information
How to keep your child safe when using mobile devices