Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world. The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
Online safety forms a fundamental part of Manor Park’s safeguarding and child protection measures. Our whole school approach to online safety helps ensure staff, governors, volunteers and parents teach children about online safety. Children are taught online safety regularly, through our PSHE curriculum, which is fed into and reinforced through the wider curriculum. We foster an open environment in which children are encouraged to ask questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world.
Manor Park has a dedicated online safety team and our network of computers and mobile devices is protected by several measures to ensure that your child has a safe environment in which they can learn. We use Impero to monitor the internet access of all IT users, including staff and children. Children are taught skills in their computing lessons that promote data security and online safety awareness. We focus on making children aware of who they can talk to and how they can deal with cyberbullying as part of their daily life.
The risk associated with being online relate to conduct, content, contact, and commerce. Teachers address these issues through our curriculum. Opportunities are also made to discuss current online safety concerns with the children as and when they occur.