ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, we need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole.
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.
At Ravensmead, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on eSafety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Do you need help now to stay safe?
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? Have you or someone you know been asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or is someone being insistent on meeting up? You can report it to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
Use this link to report digital crime:
Another useful tool is the Common Sense Media website, where you will find comprehensive reviews for all kinds of media, films, games, books and TV shows. They list all potentially harmful content and also have parents and children’s reviews.
Parenting in the digital age
Modern technology has many benefits to our children but it has the potential to expose them to dangers unique to the digital world.
With careful consideration and management these risks can be minimised by the use of simple tools to restrict harmful content which your child may encounter. With this in mind we would like to draw your attention to a number of websites that offer clear guidance on how to provide the safest online environment possible. We have a number of parental control guides listed below, but if you are struggling to find a link for your device a more comprehensive list can be found at Internet Matters.
Our Computing Rules
Parental control guides
Parental control guides for social media (not recommended for children)
Parent's tips for online safety from the National Online Safety Centre
National Online Safety now has a new app for parents to support online education
12 Christmas Tips
Call of Duty
Mental Health Online
Video Game Violence
Fortnite Battle Royal
Hidden Photo Apps
COD Modern Warfare
Phone in an Emergency
Personal Data Protection
Friends and Followers
Early Years Apps
The App Store
Loot Boxes and Skin Betting
X Box Series X/S