New technologies are an integral part within every aspect of life in today’s society, both within educational establishments and in their lives outside school. The Internet and other digital information technologies open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and pupils learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school.
At Midlands Include school, to help combat these dangers we ensure all our staff and students understand the risks by highlighting these issues in PSHE lessons and our school internet use policy.
Some of the dangers pupils may face include
Access to illegal, harmful, or inappropriate images or other content
Unauthorised access to, loss of or sharing of personal information
The risk of being subject to grooming by those whom they make contact on the internet
The sharing/ distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge
Inappropriate communication/ contact with others, including strangers
Access to unsuitable video/ internet games
An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the internet
Plagiarism and copyright infringement
Illegal downloading of music or video files
Here are some useful websites for information and advice on staying safe when using technologies;