As practitioners it is our role to keep children safe in the real world and the digital world.
When did you last access internet safety training?
ThinkUKnow is a national education and awareness programme developed by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) using their unique experience and expertise in the online behaviours of children and young people. Programmes provide age appropriate information about online risks and guidance to help young people keep themselves safe online. All information emphasises the positive aspects of the internet, whilst highlighting the risks and how to stay in control of them.
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For the last 10 years Ofcom (Office for Communications) has been running research into children’s media literacy. Their 2016 report shows that technology use among children is continuing to rise.
Third of 3-4s now have their own media device | Safer Internet Centre
The EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) does not require settings to have a policy/procedure on ICT or online safety but we would suggest it is good practice to show how you will support children's use of technology in your setting. Ensure you have a separate internet safety policy/procedure (see template) and ensure you include the use of mobile phones and cameras and state that you are registered as a data controller with ICO (Information Commissioners Office).
Online Safety Template Policy
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The UK Safer Internet Centre has announced that the theme for Safer Internet Day on 8 February 2022 is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. The day aims to celebrate young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
Further information can be found here UK theme for Safer Internet Day 2022 announced | Safer Internet Centre