Information and Communications Technology is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Schools need to build into the curriculum the use of these technologies in order to arm children with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Children have access to the Internet from many places: home, school, friends' homes and through mobile devices such as phones and games consoles. Schools have a number of services to help ensure that curriculum use is safe and appropriate, however, access out of school does not usually have these services and has a range of risks associated with its use. Schools are ideally placed to help young people learn to become e-safe.
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children's. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. The links below are to websites with lots of useful information to help parents and carers. They give you advice on how to talk to your children about what they are doing online, how to monitor what they are using and what the capabilities of different devices are.