The use of technology has become a daily part of our children's lives and this has many advantages, for example:
watching a film or TV "on demand" with subtitles
online homework and research
keeping up with the latest trends through phone notifications
For deaf children in particular, social media offers them access to enjoy socialising with friends and wider family using BSL. However, much of the information written and filmed to help them keep safe and understand online social behaviour has high literacy levels and no subtitles. At Heathlands we embed BSL in all esafety teaching and learning. We know children can become vulnerable if they misinterpret an online post, for example, or they can be prone to cyberbullying if they respond in a way that is different to others. (NDCS, National Deaf Children's Society "Buzz" - young peoples;'s website poll)Our esafety curriculum strives to reduce these risks and we work with parents & outside agencies in partnership, to keep our children informed, aware and safe online.
"It is increasingly clear that some behaviours which are unacceptable offline are being tolerated or even encouraged online – sometimes with devastating consequences. We are determined to make Britain the safest place in the world to be online, and to help people protect themselves from the risks they might face."
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, 2017