At OSPA, we regularly promote the safe use of technology in school through ICT lessons, assemblies, national internet safety days and frequent enrichment / PHSE lessons. We feel that it is vital that both parents and children feel secure in using information communication technology at home as well as at school. We have secured strong links with the Grimsby Learning Partnership who have started to work in partnership with our academy to give parents an excellent opportunity to engage in this vital area of keeping children safe on-line. We try to provide regular workshops for parents with our aim to inform, advise and offer support regarding ICT issues. I’m sure that you will agree that although the advent of the internet and technology has opened up a world of opportunities for our pupils, the risks created by the misuse of social media, games and apps can have serious implications.
We are committed to providing high quality e-safety to our pupils to will make them creative and effective digital citizens. We want to teach our pupils that they should strive to make a positive contribution to our future world and be confident at using technology, but with the internet and technology changing daily, it is vital that our children are educated about keeping safe online.
Our new ICT curriculum ensures that all children will be taught age-appropriate e-safety lessons. We hosted our first E-Safety week last year alongside an E-Safety Family Drop in session.
kidSMART is a really motivating site for all children as it is filled activities and games. Adults will also be able to find useful information and advice.
The ‘Thinkuknow’ website is another website filled with excellent resources for all age ranges from 5 – 16 years. In particular, the year 5-7 cartoon ‘Hectors World’ is extremely helpful for the younger children as it explains all aspects of staying safe in an age appropriate and fun way.
Follow these top tips to help keep your child safe when they are on the internet:
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
We hope these tips are helpful, if you would like any further information regarding e-safety then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Mr. Preston (ICT co-ordinator)
Please find below the letter about the ‘Safer Schools’ app.
Here is a useful website that has some excellent information for keeping children safe on-line: