The internet is now a part of everyday life and children are spending more and more time online, exploring cyberspace and connecting with others online. However the internet can also represent a risk to children that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. Online Safety is a key element in the safeguarding strategy at St Michael’s C of E (VA) Junior School and keeping children safe online is a priority for all staff and volunteers.

Just like the offline world, the online world is full of risk and although the majority of these will not turn into harm it is important that children understand the risks they are taking and make sensible choices. At St. Michael’s children are taught the fundamentals of online safety throughout the school so that they can recognise and avoid dangers and unsuitable content. We also explain how to behave appropriately online as well as the importance of managing their digital footprint.

However we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we engage with parents and carers to ensure a consistent approach on online safety at home as well as at school.