We at Barnes Junior School know that the internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school, their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives, but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks. Internet safety is something we take very seriously, and lessons about online safety are threaded through our curriculum, including within the computing and ICT curriculum and the PSHCE curriculum. At Barnes Junior School, we give our children the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way - you can see some examples of curriculum work, at the bottom of the page.
Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is our responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online. For this reason, we learn about and use the 'SMART' rules, which can be seen below. We also have an 'Acceptable Use of ICT' policy, which we expect our school community to follow - this can be found on our policies page at https://www.barnesjunior.co.uk/clubs/policies
Below is a link for support with parental controls. This guide will help you set up parental controls to provide your child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from seeing something that they shouldn’t - although it is important to emphasise that no system is effective all of the time so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about their online life regularly.
Please see some examples of the work our children have done regarding online safety, below: