The education of pupils in online safety is an essential part of the school’s online safety provision and we have a number of measures in place in school which are monitored to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed. Children and young people need the help and support of the school to recognise and avoid online safety risks and build their resilience.
Online safety is a focus in all areas of the curriculum and staff reinforce online safety messages explaining and demonstrating ho to stay safe and behave appropriately online across the curriculum.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents / carers to ensure the e-safety message is consistent. Therefore, parents / carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the need to use the internet / mobile devices in an appropriate way. The school will take every opportunity to help parents understand these issues through newsletters, website and information about national / local online safety campaigns and literature, and workshops. Parents and carers are encouraged to support the school in promoting good online safety practice and to follow guidelines on the appropriate use of:
- digital and video images taken at school events
- access to parents’ sections of the website and on-line student / pupil records
- their children’s personal devices in the school (where this is allowed)
In Key Stage 1, children will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In Key Stage 2, children will be taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable / unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
For practical guidance for parents on managing devices and online safety at home please see Mrs Clay's E-Safety presentation and lookout for future workshops for parents via our school newsletter.
We also ask that children sign an acceptable use policy in line with their age. This makes sure that the children understand how to best use technology within our school. Please refer to our Acceptable use and E-Safeguarding policy for more details.
Top tips for keeping your children safe online
Find out what your child is doing online
- Be more familiar with their online world
- Get them to show you – make it clear from the beginning that you’re interested and would like to be involved
- Agree rules as a family about personal information, time spent online, and contacting people via the internet.…reinforce the SMART rules
Assess the Risks and Opportunities
- Where are the devices?
- What can they do?
- Can your child get online in his / her bedroom?
- Have you enabled any parental settings on devices / the internet as it comes into the house?
- Disable or cover webcams to avoid accidental sharing of images and talk to your child about the risks of sharing images
Know where to go for help and advice: Click on the links on the icons below
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and 'e' world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the icon below, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The Think U Know website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
New e-Safety Portal for Parents and Schools - Internet Matters: Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a non-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP. There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.
As there is a continuing need for remote online learning, please see below for a link to helpful ideas and materials to use with keeping children safe online
The NSPCC also has some excellent advice and guidance on how to keep our children safe online, click on the picture below:
ThinkUKnow Website Link for KS1
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