Deneview students enjoyed a lively and informative assembly this morning given by Billy, a teacher from our upper school who is head of computing and ICT across both school sites.
The assembly focussed upon E-safety and in particular the sharing of ‘selfies’ across social media sites. E-safety is a vital part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded across their learning at Deneview. However, we strive to ensure that childrenimprove their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way – by talking to our children in a whole school assembly it allows the discussion to continue into lessons and hopefully at home too.
As part of our primary curriculum and our big push this year in the development of ICT skills, we provide access to the internet in lessons and during breakfast clubs and break-times. Children have access to a range of technology including PC’s, laptops and touchscreen tablets – that we feel are essential for children to be confident and competent in using as they grow up in the modern world.
There are however concerns about children having access to undesirable materials and as a school we strongly believe in talking about the dangers and risks online with our students and providing them with the information they need to stay safe. As a school we have taken positive steps to deal with any risks - our internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials and children are always supervised when using digital technology.
We are aware this isn’t always possible when children are using the internet at home. We encourage all parents to get in touch with school if they are unaware of how to put parental controls onto devices including gaming consoles, mobile phones and laptops as we are happy to help secure personal devices children are using unsupervised.