eSafety

How your child uses ICT in school

ICT in schools is taught as a subject in its own right and also supports children’s learning in other subjects, including English and mathematics. Within ICT lessons children learn to use a wide range of ICT including:

How can you help your child at home

ICT is not just about using a computer. It also includes the use of controllable toys, digital cameras and everyday equipment such as a tape recorder or DVD player. Children can be helped to develop their ICT skills at home by:

Benefits of using ICT at home

How we know that using ICT at home can help. Many studies have looked at the benefits of having access to a computer and/or the Internet at home. Here are some of the key findings:

How learning at home with ICT benefits children

Home use of ICT by children:

All this can lead to better performance at school and an improved standard of work.

Using the Internet at home

Whilst many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems and tools to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable text, pictures and movies. Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet Explorer or other browsers with this in mind. Locating the computer in a family area where possible, not a bedroom will enable you to supervise your son or daughter as they use the Internet. Also consider mobile phones and games consoles and other devices that can access the internet. However, don’t deny them the opportunity to learn from and enjoy the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead discuss with them some simple rules for keeping safe online and making sure they understand their importance.

Simple rules for keeping your child safe

To keep your child safe they should:

Using these rules

Go through these rules with your child and pin them up near to the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites.
Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them. Create a dialogue and a relationship of mutual respect as far as the Internet is concerned.

Resources

Parents Online SafetyProtecting Your Child OnlineKeeping children safe on
games consoles

Links

CEOPThink U KnowKS1 eSafety ActivitiesKS2 eSafety ActivitiesINSAFEUK Council for Child Internet SafetyNetsmartzRespect MeScottish Government - eSafetyDCSF - CyberbullyingDfE - Preventing & Tackling BullyingAnti-Bullying NetworkCyberbullying.orgDigizen

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