At Middleforth we seek to promote the use of technology to enhance children's learning and to enable them to become masters of the technology they access rather than a slave to it. This is developed through the use of iPads, computers and other technology that enriches the learning the children are undertaking and provides a purpose for it.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and at Middleforth we endeavour to equip our children with the skills they will need for the future workplace. The core of computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
E-safety is taught in every year group through our computing curriculum but also is an integral part of all use of technology within school. The children are taught about the dangers of improper use of the internet and how to respond if they do access something that is inappropriate as well as how to use these tools appropriately. This is done through our Purple Mash computing curriculum and PSHE activities around staying safe.
At Middleforth we educate our children on online safety from an early age and this continues throughout school. We have a dedicated an Online Safety policy and Online Safety is incorporated into all areas of the curriculum where required.
Social Media & Video Games - We are aware that many of our children do regularly access online video games and some have access to social media apps/sites. The national online safety website offers parents practical adivce on many of the latest games and apps. This is around what they are, how they are used and how to use them safely. These include: Fortnite, Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok and many more...
Visit the following link. https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
The Think You Know website offers families advice on setting up parental controls in your home depending on your service provider. Click on www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more information.
Does your child have access to smart phones, tablets, computers, consoles or smart speakers?
Please make sure you know what your child is doing online. It is important to remember that if you allow your child internet access at home, parental supervision is recommended. Also note mobile phones can have Internet access too, so it is not just on computers and laptops.
Have you made sure that the correct parental controls have been set up to help protect your child whilst using the device?
Example controls include setting the device so only age appropriate apps can be downloaded and the ability to disable in-app purchasing.
For information on how to put in place controls for many devices and apps please click here.