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.
We remind parents that pupils should have no need to bring mobile phones into school. In the event of such technology arriving in school, the item will be confiscated and kept in the office until parents come to collect it. In the unusual event of a mobile phone being required by a pupil, specific permission must be sought and the phone can then be handed into the office.
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.
Please also look at the following link “The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety”. This includes Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp. It also covers advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games. There are other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
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.
Mobile phones and computers are a part of everyday life for many children and young people. Used correctly, they are an exciting source of communication, fun and education but used incorrectly, or in the wrong hands they can be threatening and dangerous.
The risks include:
It probably is not practical to simply ban your child from using mobiles and computers as they may well try to find a way of using them, perhaps at a friend’s house or in an internet café. They also need to learn how to manage the risks. Younger children will be much easier to supervise and you will decide if and when they should begin to use these technologies.
Here are some tips to help you to manage the risks.
Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: www.ceop.gov.uk
Stop It Now! www.stopitnow.org.uk
You may be alerted to question your child’s online activity if they are:
Remember that none of these signs prove that your child is at risk in any way, but if you notice anything that confuses or worries you try talking things over with them. They may well tell you to stop fussing. They may be laid back.
In any case, think about their demeanour and attitude as well as what they say.
If you are still concerned contact one of the helping agencies listed.
Last academic year, some year 5 pupils entered an E-Safety competition. They scripted, narrated and sang their messages and made an iMovie to accompany it.
Although our children did not win the entire competition, OAT were so impressed that the board wanted to make our children’s E-Safety message into a professional clip.
The children were then professionally vocally recorded, keeping the originality of their own messages. The narration was then sent to a production company and they made an animation to match the enthusiasm shown by our children. The clip can be seen on our school website. Please watch it and share it with your families, the E-Safety messages are amazing and hopefully will aid children in todays society to use the internet with some safety.
Internet safety – national
ChildNet International: www.childnet.com
Child Exploitation and Online Protection:
0870 000 3344 www.ceop.gov.uk
Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk
Think U Know: 0870 000 3344