New technologies bring enormous benefits to all of our lives, but in particular the lives of children and young people – both inside and outside of school. They are powerful tools which open up thousands of new opportunities. Electronic communication help both teachers and pupils learn from one another and can stimulate discussion, creativity and awareness to promote effective learning. Children and young people have a right to safe internet access at all times and the use of these innovative tools in schools has been shown to raise educational standards and promote pupil achievement.
The use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. Some of the dangers they may face include:
- Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate material
- Unauthorized access to / loss of / sharing of personal information
- The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
- Inappropriate communication / contact with others, including strangers
- Access to age inappropriate videos and games (the South West Grid for Learning, run by the police is extremely concerned about the long term effect of young children playing on war like, age inappropriate games)
- An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
- The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of our children (particularly playing age inappropriate games.)
- Plagiarism and copyright infringement
- Illegal downloading of music or video files
How does Springmead School help your children stay safe?
- Staff introduce and reinforce online safety messages across the curriculum.
- We have an online safety curriculum that teaches our children how to be safe.
- We have a team within the school that regularly attends online safety training and monitors updates and supports staff, offering guidance and training.
- We have filters on our computers that stop unsuitable images and content being viewed on the internet.
- We can track individual’s digital footprints, for example being able to see what children are searching on the internet.
- The school will take part in the Safer Internet Days, to focus on age appropriate online safety activities
Supporting your child in the digital world
Given the rapid changes in technologies many adults are less experienced in understanding the digital world than children, it is generally accepted that “there is a generational digital divide” (Byron Report). However, parents are the primary educators and really need to be confident in the monitoring and regulation of their child’s digital experience. We would urge all parents to spend some time browsing the following two websites that have superb advice and guidance:
For support to set up parental controls at home using Sky, Talk Talk, BT and Virgin Media please see
We hope this information is helpful to you and that you take time to talk to your children about all of the issues discussed here. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you have concerns regarding domestic abuse or abusive relationships please follow this link.