E-safety is a very important issue, with most of us having access to electronic devices and the internet. We must always make sure that we behave safely and knowledgeably when we access the internet from these devices.
We educate the children about e-safety in a cross-curricular approach and also in assemblies. The delivery of our School Values also further embed understanding of respectful relationships which apply to both face-to-face and online relationships. Key messages about e-safety are regularly delivered when the children are accessing technology in school. We also have posters around school reminding us of how we can stay safe when using technologies both at school and in the home. Furthermore, we sing our whole school e-safety song to remember how to keep us safe online. Looking ahead, the introduction of the Relationships Education will also further equip the children with the knowledge needed to make the best use of the internet in a safe way to enable them to reap the benefits of an increasingly popular online world.
Parents as partners is an integral tool in delivering key messages to children about online safety. The links below offer fantastic advice and resources for parents to reinforce these messages at home too:
To learn more about the games and apps your children are using, the following website coverss thousands, which include advice and reviews from other parents.
If you would like any support or advice on setting up parental control on your devices, the NSPCC and o2 have teamed up to support parents with this. You can either pop into an o2 store (you do not need to be an o2 customer) or visit http://www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc
For a child friendly search engine, try www.swiggle.org.uk It is a safe and secure search engine created by SWGfL.
ONLINE SAFETY UPDATE JUNE 2019
The DFE have recently published further guidance on how to ensure we embed teaching online safety and harms within a whole school approach. We aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge needed to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe and respectful way, whilst having an awareness of the risks associated with online use. We will continue to teach what positive, healthy and respectful relationships are both online and offline, making links with our School Values. We will also continue to deliver the effects of online actions and know how to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviours. This leads back to our knowledge of where to go for help and support when children have concerns about content or contact.
For further information on the updated guidance, see the following website:
Some of our older children have been discussing "Momo" on the playground, whilst we can’t stop them talking we constantly educate our children on how to keep safe on devices (with a further discussion today). Please note our children can’t access YouTube or YouTube Kids in school. I urge you to be vigilant and review your internet rules with your family using the wealth of guidance we have on this webpage.
Please read this useful article:
Channel 4 News reported on children as young as nine being groomed and bombarded with sexually explicated messages on the popular social media app Musical.ly.
But what exactly is the app and what risks does it pose to young people who use it? In this Video Guide to Musical.ly you will learn about what the app does, how it leaves young people vulnerable to being groomed and how you can better protect children who use this app. Watch now at:
The following website offers advice to parents on how help young people stay safe whilst gaming on Roblox: