It is important that Ashford School and parents work together to ensure our children are safe in the real and online world.
While learning to use technology is an essential skill for life in the 21st century, the media content that children consume can create a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop/tablet at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever and wherever they can.
Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe while doing so.
At Ashford School, e-safety etiquette is taught to students in Years 1-6 as part of the Computing Curriculum. The lessons follow the Digital Citizenship scheme of work by Common Sense Media. The students learn how to use technology safely and respectfully, to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, to keep personal information private, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content and contact.
In the Senior School, online safety is covered in computing lessons and in PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education). As well as teaching students how to stay safe online, the importance of maintaining a good digital reputation is discussed and emphasised. Many of our resources are taken from CEOP's 'think u know' website (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk) which is updated regularly and contains excellent, age-appropriate videos that are shown to the students. Through our e-safety education programme, students learn how to use the internet safely, recognise and report abuse and understand what it means to be a good digital citizen.
Every year, Ashford provides a Digital Parenting magazine to help keep parents involved in the emerging trends of what their children are doing online. These are sent home with the students but can be read online for your convenience. For more information please click here.
The Digital Parenting book has been written as a beginner's guide to digital parenting which will introduce the common themes and trends that young children face today. This will be available from March 2017 via United Learning and Ashford School. It will offer information on the sort of concerns and issues that parents may face with their children and will highlight your role as a digital parent, offering you tips and advice on how best to cope with unpredictable situations online.