The Internet is such an integral part of children’s lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.

Colum Grogan – Deputy Headteacher is the Online Safety champion for the school

Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. Our young people are ‘DIGITAL NATIVES’ … living in a world filled largely by ‘DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS’ (adults!).

As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.

As part of the new National Curriculum, Coates Lane Primary School staff are determined to improve the knowledge, skill and maturity of the school children in regards to Internet use and safety.

Coates Lane Primary School prides itself on all stakeholders developing a curriculum and daily opportunities to exploit the Internet and the acceptable way this resource should be used. Children in upper key stage two are also introduced to the term ‘troubleshooting’ and giving advice to potential issues that could arise when they or someone they know is online.

Useful links

For child, teenager and adult friendly advice and learning. Please follow the link to THINK U KNOW, this free advice service supports us all on those difficult questions and more importantly those crucial ANSWERS.

The following site is great for parents who are feeling a bit bewildered by the vast array of social network sites which appeal to our children. Type in the name of the app or website to receive very useful guidance and advice.

Inspecting e-safety