Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites, and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops, and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provide new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
At Portway Junior School, as part of our PSHE and Computing curriculums, we teach children about online safety. Our objectives range from teaching children how to be responsible online users to how to keep themselves safe online.
Keeping children safe online extends beyond the classroom. Below we have put together a range of useful links to help you keep your child safe online. There are also apps which can give you parental control, so your children do not access inappropriate content.
We recently held a free workshop for parents about online safety. This was led by Lorraine Lee, a Professional Parenting and Child Development Specialist. The session was all about laying strong foundations at home to enable our children to stay safe online.
The event was attended by a number of parents who found it to be inspirational and extremely helpful. The presentation used at the workshop can be viewed by clicking the link below.
Some parent feedback from attendees is:
"Thank you and hugely grateful for the session from Lorraine Lee. Really pleased I went as nearly decided to miss it. So many reasons to attend from realising the need to have set boundaries, talking about the benefits and negatives of online content and learning how to work together with children, empowering them to make the relationship with digital platforms healthy and bearable for the whole family. I immediately went home opened up the discussion with my 8 and 12 year old and we all bought into and agreed on the 'Slot Machine' system. Now to stick to it and not deviate. Thank you Portway Juniors for this free session!! "
"Thank you so much for putting on the talk yesterday about supporting children with digital and online wellbeing, I found it very useful!
Lorraine was brilliant, she acknowledged that it’s a very tricky area of parenting and gave lots of practical tips, without scaring us all!
My main take home tips were:
- reduce device time rather than taking it away completely so that the children get to practise healthy habits
- keep them busy with other interests so they don’t have as much time for devices!
- stick to age limits
- take a balanced view - don’t be a technology hater as they can be fun and useful!
- parents' job is to open gates slowly one by one, putting in boundaries to support children to regulate properly until they have developed the necessary skills."
If you have any inquiries or worries about safeguarding, please don't hesitate to contact us here at the school. We will provide you with the appropriate answers and support to address your concerns.