Learning how to be safe online is an integral part of education in today's digital world. The internet is so important for children- they use it to play, learn and socialise. It is a place of fantastic opportunities; however the technology children use can cause worry regarding the potential risks they may face.
At St Michael's we want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of issues that may arise online. We want everyone to learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. We expect children to actively learn the responsible use of the internet through our ongoing work on being safe online through age-appropriate understanding of the potential risks.
This year the children have been introduced to SMART, to help keep themselves safe online:
S- SAFE- Don't give out your own information.
M- MEET- Don't meet up with people you have met online.
A- ACCEPTING- Only open messages from people you trust.
R- RELIABLE- Only talk to real world friends and family when online.
T- TELL- Tell a trusted adult if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable.
You can help support your child at home by being aware of risks that may occur. Talking to your child about how they use the internet can also be beneficial. If you need more information, you may find these links helpful, or talk to your child's teacher.