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 arm 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:
- Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
- Email and Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms and Social Networking
- Blogs and Wikis
- Video Broadcasting
- Music Downloading
- Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
- Other mobile devices with web functionality.
There is a significant amount of information on the internet about keeping children safe online. Holy Trinity has its own policy on Internet Safety that can be viewed through our website under key information and in policies.
Home and Family Guidelines
- Talk together, share experiences and have fun learning.
- Involve everyone in discussing & agreeing your family guideline and rules. Remember that sometimes what is acceptable for a 15 year old child is not appropriate for an 8 year old.
- Discuss regularly online safety and go online with your children. Communication is the key to safety.
- Keep anti-virus, spyware and firewall software up to date.
- Ask your internet provider for a service that filters out inappropriate sites (eg: pornography /race hate /extreme violence etc).
- Enable your ‘browser safe’ search and/or consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines.
- Delay buying your child a smart phone until they are older.
- Show how you will look at the browser history and will expect to see sites visited and will want an explanation should the history have been cleared in any way.
- If possible, keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children viewing. Never let children have webcams, or similar, in their bedroom.
- Talk to your children about why they should not give out their personal details (eg:, real name, address, mobile number, email, school etc) If they want to subscribe to any online service then make up a family email address to receive the mail.
- Many networking sites do have age restrictions. If you allow your children to use social networking sites (e.g: facebook), make sure the privacy settings are set either to ‘Friends’ or Customise’ which allows you to restrict posts / photos etc, to be seen only by people you list.
- Insist that your children agree to discuss with you first, if they are asked to meet up with some they’ve met online.
- Monitor & restrict the time your children spend online to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Encourage activities away from technology!
- Encourage your children, and all family members, to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
- Create a set of family guidelines that all the family follow and agree what will happen if they are not followed.
We live in a rapidly ever changing technological world.
Please keep your child safe.
Think you know
Safe Social Networking
Microsoft Family Safety Site
Here are public links to places where you can look at some of the videos that were shown. Just a word of caution, some are from the CEOP area on Youtube but some are public areas where somebody has posted a copy, therefore comments posted by individuals may not be controlled. Some of them are aimed for older pupils.
Where’s Klaus ?
(aimed at age 11–16 )
( aimed at age 8 – 10 )
Think Before you post
… and a follow on.
Cyberbullying (aimed at 11-16 year olds)
Grooming (aimed at 11-16 year olds)
One focused on a girl victim
and one with a boy victim
CEOP Youtube site
Who to talk to
For Young People:
Children can talk in confidence on either;
• NSPCC www.there4me.com where they can talk to an NSPCC adviser online
• Childline on 0800 1111 – will not be listed on the telephone bill
Samaritans provide confidential emotional support for people, if you are worried, feel upset or confused and just want to talk. You can:
• Phone on 08457 90 90 90
Email the Samaritans: Jo@samaritans.org