The growing use of the internet for communicating and the many ways we can now access the internet means whist it is of huge benefit to us all in our daily lives it is also an increasing potential danger. Many of us are unaware of the possible challenges of keeping children safe online. In our school, our scheme of work ensures that children start to consider e-safety from Reception and that each year these experiences are built on in a progressive way. Rather than viewing it as a separate area we ensure that e-safety is weaved throughout our curriculum so that by the time children leave in Year 6 they are able to safely make choices about the technology that they use. We want children to see the benefits of technology and we aim to use technology in our own practice as a model to the children. With this in mind we set up a school Twitter account as social media is a growing part of everyday life. Our usage policy can be read here. Due to our commitment to e-safety and the quality of our provision within school, we achieved the E-safety Quality Mark in February 2017. Click here to read our report.
Our scheme of work considers three key elements:
- Content-what children view, download, search for and access.
- Contact-what and who they come into contact with.
- Conduct-how they behave as an individual and towards others whilst using technology.
We strive to regularly review our policies and teaching to ensure that new and emerging technologies are incorporated within our curriculum. Through our approach, we aim to teach children how to use the Internet safely and securely, so that they are able to make the best possible choices when online. Our Internet filtering is inline with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) recommendations and our provider is listed on their approved list, which can be accessed here. Personal security is a fundamental part of this and ensuring that children know where and who they can get help from if they see or experience problems whilst being online. This page aims to provide resources and research for learning more about the online world and how we can keep both ourselves and our children well educated and safe. Click here to view our School Acceptable Use Policy.
Vodafone have provided a useful free resource called “Digital Parenting” magazine, which gives excellent advice on E-Safety and various guides on how to protect children on-line. CEOP are an association who are working to protect children online and they have a website entitled “ThinkuKnow” where there are free resources and guides to keeping children safe online. There is some really valuable information on the website and it is updated on a monthly basis. If you click the link below it will take you to the parents section of the website.
Click here to access a link to Kid Guard, which is a technology services company that provides information & tools for parents to keep their kids safe online.
The KidGuard Phone Monitoring service is a cell phone tracking software provided to parents to keep track on their kids text messages, monitor gps location, track phone logs, chats, allowing the parent to stay on top of issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, depression, and other risks to their children arising from the internet.
Click the image below to access the Vodaphone Parental Controls online resource tool
This academic year Safer Internet Day took place on the 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You”. Our digital Leaders led our whole school assembly and tweeted about their work. Last academic year Safer Internet Day took place on the 7th February 2017 with the slogan “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet”. We linked all of our work across 2016-2017 to this, as you will have seen in our newsletters, e-safety blog and the work of our e-warriors. Have a look at the video below to see what we got up to.
The previous Safer Internet Day took place on 9th February 2016 with the new slogan of “Play your part for a better Internet”. It linked to the work we were been doing between Autumn 2015-Summer 2016 within school on the rapidly rising issue of social media. As a school we feel strongly about educating and supporting all our pupils, parents and staff to understand both the positive and negative effects and implications this area of the Internet can have on our daily lives. Click here to read year 2’s blog about SID 2016. Throughout the year we carried out a range of awareness sessions and provided information through this page and the monthly newsletter on this area.
Safer Internet Day 2015 had the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Children completed a range of activities to support the campaign! Below you can have a look at our gallery of what the children learnt.
To find out more details from the official site click here.
Use the links below to find out about ways to keep your child safe with technology or why not click here to download a conversation starters poster to try with your child. Why not click the image below to download an E-safety fact sheet!
Below you will find links to useful resources and places to do further research
Resources and information about the work of the NSPCC.
Child protection information, advice and support can be found on this website.
This link takes you directly to the child line site which has games and resources for young people up to the age of 19.
A direct link to CEOP’s reporting page for safety incidents.
Click this link to go to all the video resources for use in the classroom, for parents or as training resources.
Beat Bullying is all about young people helping and supporting each other online. This is a link to the site.
This website is a unique resource providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online. It contains guidance on many other related subjects too – including performing backups and how to avoid theft or loss of your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Resources and information about the aims of the IWF.
This is a great resource for parents looking for top tips for keeping children safe online.
Cyber bullying resources and games from Childnet.
Advice and guidance on playing online games, chatting with friends and family and surfing the web with PlayStation
Resources linked to the Smart rules.
A fabulous resource all about Parenting in the Digital Age
To complete our online e-safety survey click here.