Safer Internet Day - 9th February 2016

"Play your part for a better internet!"

At Crossdale, we recognise that we have an important responsibility to make sure that your children are equipped to deal safely with technology and the possibilities it will increasingly offer them in their lives. Over the last few years, we have all seen a very rapid increase in the variety of ways in which it is possible to communicate with others using technology and this has highlighted the importance of our work on e-safety.

We currently start each year's work in ICT and computing by reminding children about how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. We also remind children about our rules for using the internet. Throughout our work in ICT we discuss with the children the opportunities that technology presents to them, potential dangers and how they can protect themselves from these.

SID2016 logoWe also use events like Anti-Bullying Week and Safer Internet Day to increase the profile of these ares and to allow us to support the children's development of increasingly more reliable decision-making about the use of technology and online behaviour. This year we have also organised a Safer Internet Day meeting for parents.

The theme for the 2016 Safer Internet Day is "Play your part for a better internet!" 

This theme will allow us to encourage the children to think about their role in making decisions when using technology - both about the ways in which they can keep themselves safe and about the ways they behave towards others online.

We believe that both of these aspects are increasingly important due to the explosion in the number of ways in which our children can now interact with others online. Even those of us who are enthusiastic users of technology will be finding it hard to keep up to date with the opportunities for communication that our children are exploring. recommend the following four steps for parents:

  1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
  2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
  3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
  4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology


Useful Links

Crossdale's Rules for Using the Internet Safely

These rules help us to be fair to others and keep everyone safe.

  • I will always ask a grown-up before I use the internet – especially email or chat.
  • I will tell a grown up if anything unusual, upsetting or worrying happens when I am using the internet.
  • I know that I must never give anyone on the internet my address, phone number or name and that I should never arrange to meet someone from the internet.
  • I will only use my own username and password.
  • I will only use or change my own files.
  • I will only send messages, or add comments, that are kind, polite and helpful.
  • I know that the grown-ups in school can look at my files and the messages I send on the internet.
  • I know that I am not allowed to bring any software, discs, phones or MP3 players into school unless I have asked a teacher.
  • I know that if I break any of these rules, I may not be allowed to use the computers in school or the websites we use on the internet.