At Orchard Park Community Primary School we believe that the use of technology in schools brings great benefits. To live, learn and work successfully in an increasingly complex and information-rich society, our children must be able to use technology effectively.
The use of these exciting and innovative technology tools in school and at home has been shown to support learning and promote pupil achievement. Yet at the same time, we recognise that the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. The risks they may face can broadly be categorised into the ‘3 C’s’ Contact, Content and Conduct (Livingston and Haddon) and may include:
- Access to harmful, illegal or otherwise unsuitable content including gaming, gambling sites, sexually explicit material and websites with extremist ideologies and images
- Unauthorised access to / loss of / sharing of personal information
- The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the internet, including the sharing of Self-Generated Indecent Images
- The sharing / distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge • Inappropriate communication / contact with others
- An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet • Plagiarism and copyright infringement
- Illegal downloading or streaming of music or video files
- The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
To understand further how we address online risks with our pupils, please see our e-safety policy and acceptable use policies below. Further details can also be found within our Safeguarding Policy 2021.
Parent Support and Guides
The links below provide you essential guides to enable you to understand the potential risks and how to manage these risks within the family home. This includes using parental settings.
One way of promoting the positive use of the internet, is to create a family agreement. See the document below for things to consider.