In an ever evolving world of technology many platforms have created an exciting and fun place for adults and children alike. The internet and the development of many social media sites means we have the ability to learn, explore and share for education, work, and leisure.

 

The biggest challenge for parents, carers and teachers is to make sure our children understand how to be safe when using the internet and related technologies.

 

Our Department of Educational Technology within school currently use the filtered internet services purchased from the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning, and provided by RM, for a safe and secure online environment.   The EduTech team also have the ability to customise the web-filtering policy that applies to different year groups to ensure that students are protected, whilst being able to access information they may need for their studies.

 

 

At Simon Balle we are working hard to educate students on the pro’s and cons of social media through our EduTech Ambassadors. The ambassadors take part in small group activities with KS1, KS3 and KS4 students helping them make the right decisions when using social media apps and going online. These students can be contacted directly, should students wish to seek more advice, via socialmedia@simonballe.herts.sch.uk

 

They have also created a very valuable website where students, staff and parents can find out more information on social media. This website is a very detailed and can be accessed via the below link:

https://sites.google.com/simonballe.herts.sch.uk/edutech/home

Please see some age-appropriate online safety guides below.  You can either click on the named link to view a pdf version of the document or look via the image.

EduTech e-safety 0-5                 EduTech e-safety 6-10

EduTech e-safety 11-13             EduTech e-safety 14+