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- Understand that computers and equipment can be withdrawn if they arenot being used appropriately.
Each half-termly computing unit the children are taught has an e-safety focus - we also have extra safety lessons during the week of safer Internet day in February each year. Additionally, we 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.
For advice and information about how to keep your child safe online, please click the following links:
Childnet's Advice About Creating A Family Agreement For Internet Use
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
See below - 4 great books to help younger children understand about Online Safety.