At Cherry Orchard Primary Academy we seek to embrace the digital age by creating responsible digital citizens. As we move forward the Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our older children are beginning to use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’ at home. Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time, so we need to make sure our children are able to use the Internet safely.
Many children are unaware of the risks; for example the danger of having online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.
Our programme of online safety guides your child through the benefits and dangers of having a virtual presence. Through assemblies, dedicated internet safety programmes and bespoke action days we actively prepare your child to be a responsible digital citizen. It is imperative that we all have a role to play in keeping pupils safe online. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact our Online Safeguarding Oficer for advice and guidance or report it to CEOP (Child exploitation and Online protection Centre).