At Lawford Mead Primary we teach pupils that the internet is a wonderful source of information and communication, if used in a safe and responsible way. Social networking apps and websites (e.g. Instagram, Whatsapp etc.) are increasingly popular with children. In some cases, unmonitored use of these apps can lead to friendship problems, gossip and hurt feelings in the playground. This can negatively affect learning in the classroom and whilst we investigate these issues and talk to the children, it can be difficult for us to solve problems that start outside of school. We ask that parents and carers monitor their child’s use of the internet at home and talk openly about what they are doing on their digital devices.
We repeatedly tell children the following:
The Internet Safety Toolkit provides simple steps and advice for parents to understand and improve esafety at home.
We recommend these websites for parental guidance: