What is Online Safety?

Pound Hill Junior School is committed to ensuring that children have a safe and secure learning environment when working online at school. Staying safe online, E-safety, is a large part of the Curriculum as well as an important life skill for children. The internet can be a fantastic resource to learn, play and communicate which is continually evolving.  However, there can be potential dangers and children need to be educated to understand how they can protect themselves online.

 

E-Safety is the safe and responsible use of technology online. This includes the internet and other means of communicating using an electronic device.

Children need to know how to ‘behave’ online and make informed, safe choices as well as device security. In the context of behaviour online this can be split into three areas of risk:

 

  • Content: child as the recipient (e.g. images, harmful materials) 
  • Contact: child as participant (e.g. harmful online interaction) 
  • Conduct: child as contributor (personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm)
  • Commercialisation: targeted advertising and marketing campaigns for specific age groups