Ashburnham Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2JG
Mrs L Downes
Online safety is an integral part of children’s education in the digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on the links page which are fantastic resources, they contain information on how to help keep children safe.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of digital technology is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. As there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. Each year we take part in Safer Internet Day activities to promote a safer internet culture.
The main thing to remember is keep talking to your child about online safety, play their games with them some of the time to learn what they are using and support them in how to keep safe.