As part of your child’s education we teach throughout their school life, how to stay safe online and when using technology. E-safety is taught through computing lessons and PSHE using age appropriate resources. As a school we also have an Internet Safety week focus every February and parents are invited into school to develop their knowledge about how to keep your child safe online.
Here is an outline of the key e-safety areas that are covered in our curriculum:
Reception focus on being polite and courteous and what information is safe to share online.
Key Stage 1 look at the SMART rules that are outlined below, what information is safe to share online, developing positive online behaviours and about the importance of sharing any concerns they may have when using online technology with a responsible adult.
Key Stage 2 develop their understanding of how to e-mail safely, how to use chat rooms and social networking sites safely as well as raising awareness of how to upload pictures/videos safely and responsibly.
As part of the continuing development and to enable us to teach the entire curriculum, as detailed in the Google Chrome Account letter sent out to parents, we will create an account for each child in school. This will enable pupils to complete some elements of their schoolwork at home as they will be able to access their account at any time from any device. The account will only be used for school work and there will be restrictions in place regarding who pupils can email, as well as their access to some websites when in school.
We are very aware that e-safety needs are constantly changing in the fast paced world of the internet and social media.
We try to keep parents as informed as possible and send home alerts as we are made aware of them.
As well as our ongoing e-safety curriculum we hold a very popular Internet Safety Day to help inform and advise parents in this matter.
If you require any further support or wish to discuss any safeguarding concerns please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leaders (Mrs Berry and Miss Briggs).
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
As parents you will know how important the internet and being online is to children – they use it to learn, play and socialise. The technology that your child uses can be daunting but there are a variety of ways that you can help your child to stay online.