We live in an increasingly online world and whilst it offers amazing opportunities for communication and learning, it can also be a potentially dangerous environment to negotiate. We teach the children about ways of staying safe online from their earliest days in school and we have an Online Safety curriculum that teaches pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety.
We teach pupils what internet use is acceptable and what is not in accordance with our Online Safety rules and these must be complied with in order for them to gain access to the school ICT systems and the internet.
Online Safety rules are posted in all networked rooms and pupils will be regularly reminded of them and will be taught how to report unsuitable internet content.
We send out a monthly Online Safety newsletter for parents which covers the sorts of programs and internet activity their children will be likely to engage with and we have parent links to National Online Safety, an excellent resource which aims to guide parents through the online world.
The sudden arrival of remote learning during the COVID 19 pandemic has moved more and more pupils online. We use Microsoft Teams as our preferred vehicle for providing learning opportunities to our pupils and have strict guidelines for its safe use.
Please see our Online Safety policy for full details.
Wake Up Wednesday!
As part of our WEPS online safety offer, every Wednesday, we will post a relevant guide to support our school community's knowledge and understanding of how to keep safe online and new things to be aware of.
Online safety Guidance for Parents and Carers
Online Safety newsletters are available by clicking below:
This is a link to a useful PowerPoint on Online Safety from the ITU. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies (ITUs)
Click the links below for Besafe online information
Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
Use safe search engines such as primaryschoolict.com or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube.
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share.
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Put the family computer in a communal area so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and not all information is accurate.
Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 years for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram. The age restriction is there to protect children’s personal information under the 1998 The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
Learn about it
Use the ESMART rules we use at school:
- keep Every personal detail private and using a nickname where necessary
- keep passwords a Secret
- keep Messages polite and be a good online friend
- Ask before using the internet, playing a new game or downloading files
- be Responsible and only talk to people you know in real life on the internet (some games such as Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters have a social element)
- Tell an adult if you see something that upsets you or you feel unsafe