Being online is an integral part of young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
E-safety is a fundamental part of Highfields' curriculum, safeguarding and child protection measures.
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Social media and social networking is often essential to young people’s lives – it’s how they keep in touch and communicate with friends, family and schoolmates.
Personal mobile devices mean that children and young people can be active on social media anywhere and at any time. This can provide new opportunities for children and young people to learn and express themselves. But it can also present risks, including:
As a part of children and young people’s day-to-day safety, these issues should be tackled in the classroom and as part of an open, ongoing conversation about online safety, so that they can learn about how to stay safe on social media.