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Online Safety

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 equip 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:

  • E-mail, Instant Messaging and chat rooms
  • Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
  • Other mobile devices including tablets and gaming devices
  • Online Games
  • Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Blogs and Wikis
  • Video sharing
  • On demand TV and video, movies and radio / Smart TVs

Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, is not consistently policed.  All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).

At West Lea we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on E-Safety Issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

Pupils at West Lea use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes. We are committed to work in partnership with our parents and other stakeholders in order to keep our children safe online, a good resource for parents is http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ which contains internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).

If you have any concerns, no matter how small they may seem, about the safety or welfare of any child, please contact the school's Designated staff, who’s details are listed on the safeguarding link below:

 https://www.westleaschool.co.uk/safeguarding/44963.html