Online Safety, the new term used by the government for e-safety, is an integral part of the school curriculum in all schools. From Reception to Year 6, this is vital to help children enjoy the wonderful opportunities that our increasingly technological world can offer. Through our curriculum and other aspects of school life, we encourage children to celebrate what technology can offer us in a safe and responsible manner. In addition to the curriculum (lessons), we take the opportunity to raise awareness of Online Safety through assemblies and it is high profile during National awareness events such as Anti-Bullying Week. We also intervene swiftly if we are made aware of any On-line Safety issues within our school community.
However, this is not a task we can manage single-handedly! Our curriculum lessons are carefully planned and incorporate resources from a range of key providers, including CEOP. We also work closely with the local police support team who share any local issues across schools and provide advice in classes and assemblies. We aim to work in partnership with parents to provide a support network for children as they explore, communicate, play and learn on-line. We endeavour to provide as much information as possible for parents, through newsletters and our school website.
It is important to keep reviewing our practice, as a school, as a family and as a pupil – in response to the way technology changes – almost daily. We regularly seek advice from the Local Authority support team and use some key websites to keep us updated. We also listen carefully to what the children have to say. We have digital leaders who support their classes to talk to children, giving regular reminders and about basic on-line safety and of course listen to any concerns the children may have. The digital leaders meet with Mr Trahern and Mr Greenfield monthly, to discuss any new concerns and practical ways in which we can help.
If you have any worries or concerns then please contact Mr Simon Trahern, Headteacher.
Key Responsibilities for Parents and Carers
- Reading the school's Acceptable Use Policies, encouraging your child to adhere to them and adhering to them yourself where appropriate.
- Discussing online safety issues with your child, supporting the school in the online safety approaches and reinforcing safe online behaviours at home.
- Role modelling safe and appropriate uses of technology and social media.
- Identifying changes in behaviour that could indicate that your child is at risk of harm online.
- Seek help and support from the school, or other appropriate agencies if your child encounters online problems or concerns.
- Contributing to the development of the school's online safety policies.
- Using school systems, such as learning platforms, and other network resources, safely and appropriately.
- Taking responsibility for your own awareness and learning in relation to the opportunities and risks posed by new and emerging technologies.
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