We recognise the importance of computing in the National Curriculum and therefore provide resources that allow children to complete the work that they have been sent by their home school. We have laptop computers and iPads to allow work to be completed in a flexible and responsive way. These are supported by a range of peripherals such as cameras, printers, microscopes and scanners. We constantly add new apps, on-line resources and software to suit our pupils’ individual needs.
The ever expanding online world that young people have access to provides them with many wonderful opportunities. However, it can also present risks and challenges, and we, at Devon Hospital School, want to help to ensure that your child is aware of these risks and can protect themselves from potential dangers.
We take seriously our responsibility to help keep children and young people safe online, whether or not they are using Devon Hospital School’s network and devices or other networks within the hospital that are not within our immediate control. We know children can spend a lot of time online when they are an inpatient. We are also aware that some of our young people may have had sustained periods of non-attendance at school and therefore rely heavily on social media to maintain friendships and connections with their regular life.
We therefore want to work in partnership with children, young people, their parents, health practitioners and other agencies to promote young people’s welfare and help them to be responsible in their approach to online safety.
Children learning how to keep safe is integrated into many areas of our curriculum. E-safety is an essential part of our curriculum as it affects the lives of adults and children alike. As the internet and social media are so integral to all our lives, it is important that our pupils and parents are kept up to date with current issues.
Children in all year groups will spend time exploring and discussing issues that relate to being safe online and the impact it has on their lives personally. These are important lessons that have had a real impact on how children in our school use the internet.
The nature of our provision also means that we can often work closely with individual children and encourage them to have open and real conversations at their level that can impact them in a personal way.