We take the safety of our pupils very seriously and, in a climate of tablets, multi-media phones, social media and easy access to the Internet, we feel it is important to teach them how to be safe online.
The children are given the following guidelines in order to ensure that they are kind to others and safe whilst using our school technology.
-Only use the school equipment if you have been given permission.
-Tell a grown up if anything unusual, upsetting or worrying happens when
you are using the Internet.
-Never give anyone on the Internet your address, phone number or name
and you should never arrange to meet someone from the Internet.
-Only use your own username and password.
-Only use or change your own files.
-Only send messages, or add comments, that are kind, polite and helpful.
-Understand that grown-ups in school can look at any files and the
messages sent on the Internet in order to monitor what is happening in
school and keep everyone safe.
-Do not bring any software, discs, phones or MP3 players into school unless
you have asked a teacher.
-Understand that computers and equipment can be withdrawn if they are
not being used appropriately.
At the end of each half-term we have an E-safety focus within the classrooms where we cover one of the guidelines with the children. The timings of these focus weeks are specifically aimed at increasing awareness for both children and parents prior to them being on holiday where they have potentially more time to be using Information technology. We also try to respond quickly to worrying developments on social media with links to websites for parents, showing them how to find help quickly and easily.
Click on the below links to take a look at some of the areas we have focussed and built upon over the last couple of years.
23/11/18 Google Internet Legends - Visit in collaboration with Parent-zone Magazine and Google. "Be internet Legends" Fantastic assembly for the whole of Key stage 2 introducing the children to the Google tool encouraging children to think about their internet safety.
For advice and information about how to keep your child safe online, please click the following links:
EE - Advice for Parents (Recommended)
Safer Internet Day was on the 5th February this year.
Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated globally and at our school with the theme: Together for a better Internet. The whole school took part in a variety of activities designed to raise their awareness of what the Internet was and the importance of consent.
saferinternet.org.uk recommend the following four steps for parents:
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
- Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
- Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
- Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology