Our approach to E-Safety and Internet use
We feel that we have a duty to provide quality Internet access to pupils as part of their learning across many subject areas and to establish computing skills for the future. We also have a duty to make sure learners are safe and vigilant while using the Internet, both at school and at home.
Therefore our E-Safety programme educates pupils about the benefits and risks of using Internet-enabled technology, and provides safeguards to enable them to control their online experience.
At the admissions stage, or before the children are permitted to use the Internet at school, we ask parents for:
- Consent: On our consent form, parents are asked whether they consent for their child to use computer equipment and the Internet in school
- Parent and child agreement: Parents are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement with their child, with some rules to understand and agree to:
I will only use the Internet and computing equipment
with an adult’s permission and I will use it carefully.
I will keep my login and password information secret.
I will not send my phone number, address or a photo
of me to anybody.
I will only use activities that an adult has allowed me
to use and I will ask for help if I am not sure what to do.
If I see something that makes me feel unhappy
I will tell an adult.
Parents and carers are asked to read the rules with their child, sign and return the agreement. Parents and carers are also given their own ‘Acceptable Use’ agreement to sign.
Children also learn the importance of E-Safety by receiving E-Safety education throughout the school year.
While it is ultimately impossible to ensure pupils are totally safe from threats on the Internet, all appropriate action is taken to safeguard the children while it is used in school. The school’s Internet service is filtered, and use of the Internet by pupils is always overseen by the class teacher and teaching assistant. Monitoring and virus scanning is also in use on all school computers.
If you have any worries or questions about the school’s use of the Internet and other technology, please let your child’s teacher know. The head teacher may also be able to help you with more detailed enquiries.
Some useful E-Safety links
Does your child use a phone or tablet to access the Internet at home? Here are some useful links to keep your child safe online…
Setting up parental controls on your computers and devices is a key step to keeping your children safe online. Net Aware and Internet Matters provide easy step-by-step guides to set parental controls on popular devices and systems.
NSPCC & o2 Net Aware (opens in new tab)
InternetMatters.org (opens in new tab)
CEOP (run by the National Crime Agency) is the national body that works to protect children online and prosecute offenders. If you are concerned about your child’s safety online, you can report it to CEOP. If you or your child is in immediate danger, always phone 999 for police assistance.
Visit CEOP Safety Centre to report any concerns or incidents online (opens in new tab)
Thinkuknow is a Government website for children to help them use the internet safely at school and at home. The star of the website is Hector, who learns how to keep safe online with his ocean friends. There are cartoons, games and practical activities for you and your child to take part in.
CEOP also runs a parental advice section, with information about the latest technology and social media apps and sites.
Visit CEOP Thinkuknow 5-7 website (opens in new tab)
Visit CEOP Thinkuknow For Parents(opens in new tab)
It is important to be aware that children and adults alike can access materials on the Web that can radically change their world view. The website below offers simple steps you can take to help your family avoid extremist material online.
Families Matter – Extremism Online (opens in new tab)
Google has developed the ‘Be Internet Legends’ programme for children of Junior School age, but it is included here to help you discuss internet safety with children who may have more advanced knowledge – the Interland game for children can be found by clicking the link at the bottom-right hand corner of the screen.
Be Internet Legends with Google (opens in new tab)
The ParentZone website contains the latest information, resources and advice for parents with children of all ages to help them with the challenges of parenting, including safety online.