Learning about staying safe online is very important. At Iqra Primary School we make sure our pupils are aware of some of the risks to safety that are online and what to do to stay safe.
We have a set of SMART rules which the children are expected to follow at home and in school to make sure they stay safe online. These rules can be viewed below and should be followed when using all kinds of technology such as mobile phones, games consoles and home computers.
We are committed to improving e-Safety not only in school but at home as well. To help with this we have had a number of pupil and parent workshops and drama visits focussing on practical tips of e-safety. See below.
The parents who attended the e-safety discussion found the session very useful and one of the issues that came out was monitoring children’s use on the internet (such as checking the history on web browsers) and setting up parental controls on devices.
It is important that children are taught how to use new technology safely and responsibly and to recognize potential dangers.
Staying safe is a key outcome for children at Iqra
The internet is an essential part of modern life and especially education. At IQRA, we believe that is important for children to be able to access the wealth of information and learning opportunities it provides, and to have the knowledge and skills to recognise how to keep themselves safe at the same time.
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at IQRA. In Year 4 the children first discussed the SMART Rules for internet safety and then decided they would like to share their thoughts and ideas with the whole school developing a whole school approach to safety online. The focus of their assembly was:
- equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to use technology safely and responsibly
- managing and recognising the risks, wherever and whenever they go online
- to promote safe and responsible behaviours
- how to identify the sites which are most appropriate for them to us
KS2 assembly on safety led by Miss Munir. We had children promoting the SMART rules of internet safety – S for Safe, M for Meet up, A for Accepting, R for Reliable and T for Tell. Participants dressed as ‘computer wizards’ and shared their personal experiences on how to stay safe online the SMART way.
KS1 assembly celebrated posters in assembly which promoted the ZIP IT, BLOCK IT AND FLAG IT rules.
You can help reinforce this message by asking your child to explain what these rules mean.
How can you help your child stay safe online:
We hope you find the following web links and downloads useful and informative to help you stay safe online.
Smartie the Penguin
This is a great introduction for younger children as they help Smartie the Penguin learn how to stay safe when using his computer and playing on the internet.
Smartie the Penguin: www.childnet.com/smartie-the-penguin
A story of friendship and responsibility online. Great for sharing with younger children.
These adventures are created for infant children. They are guided through many E Safety areas as they watch Hector and his friends learn how to use their computers safely!
Hector’s World website www.thinkuknow.co.uk/hectorsworld
Hector’s World Colouring pages
The Smart Crew
Junior children can explore The SMART Crew Adventures which includes the real life SMART Crew of young people who guide the cartoon characters in their quest and help them make smart online decisions.
Adventure of Kara and the Smart Crew www.childnet.com/smartadventure
The cyber café is aimed at 8-10 year olds. It offers visitors the chance to explore the many different areas of personal computing such as emails, online chats and searching the web.
Cyber Café www.thinkuknow.co.uk/cybercafe