Safe and effective use of computers
The Spinney school policies and curriculum fully support your children in being safe and effective users of the world wide web. We also support parents by providing information on how best to educate your children at home to ensure they are getting the best out of the internet while keeping themselves safe.
Every November we hold a Positive Friendship week where we think about how to communicate appropriately and safely online, and the children review the school's Computing Acceptable Use rules. Every February we mark Safer Internet Day by discussing safe internet usage with children and parents.
Please refer to the Links panel on the right hand side of this page for further information on this.
The Department for Education released a document at the end of 2014 offering advice to parents and carers on cyberbullying. This can be accessed below. Further advice from the DfE can be found on their website.
Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. This leaflet explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice: Online Gaming.
Computer and video games have a Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) rating printed on the front of the case. Parents should familiarise themselves with these and follow the age-related guidance. For example, even if younger children are just watching an older family member playing a game with a 12, 16 or 18 rating, they still are being exposed to unsuitable material. You can find out more about PEGI ratings below.
The following links provide further information about best practice at home that will support what your child is learning at school. We recommend that Spinney parents familiarise themselves with the content.