With the internet being such a big an important part of life in these times, it is essential that parents and children know how to keep safe online.
The safety of our children is of paramount importance to us, therefore one thing we implement at the beginning of each academic year is for everyone to sign an 'Acceptable Use Policy' , which parents also sign. This outlines our online expectations and guidelines. The children are supervised when they access the Internet, which is heavily filtered. The school network is also monitored and the children are always encouraged to tell an adult or use the CEOP button if they have any concerns.
Online Safety in the school curriculum: Online safety is taught within the computing curriculum throughout the year, and we also celebrate the national 'Online Safety Day' by partaking in numerous activities. The children also learn about the SMART rules for keeping safe online and these are displayed around school and in every classroom. We have also recently employed 'Digital Ambassadors' from each year group who meet each term to discuss online safety and help promote it across the school.
These websites are used frequently across school with our children:
CEOP: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre provides online support to children and parents on issues such as: bullying, viruses, webcam/video chat use and photo distribution. Parents and children report specific online safety concerns here. You will also be able to find this CEOP link on our homepage.
Think U Know: Think U Know provides up-to-date information and activities to educate children and parents on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters: Internet Matters provides accessible information on issues such as sexting, radicalisation, online grooming and your online reputation.
We understand that the internet is forever changing and apps are constantly being developed; aswell as keeping our children safe in school we also want to make sure they use the internet safely at home. Therefore, there are a series of useful links below with up-to-date information and guidance for parents:
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. To access it click here.