The development of new technology and the ease of access to the internet has undoubtedly changed our lives forever; from the ability to shop at the click of a button to being able to communicate with people across the globe. Never before has so much information been available at our finger tips.
We believe that by teaching our children to be responsible digital citizens and helping them understand the benefits of accessing and using technology, as well as recognising the risks and how to report things if something goes wrong, our children will be prepared for life in the digital age. We regularly share messages and information with our children on how to be safe online. Mr Thompson (our ICT lead) and Mr Thomas (Head Teacher) talked to us in a special e-safety assembly about how to protect ourselves on the internet and why cyber bullying is wrong. We have an annual parent meeting to keep our parents informed about e-safety matters. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th January at 5pm in our school hall.
In line with safeguarding policies we expect the whole of our school community to follow e-safety and acceptable use policies to protect individuals and the school from harm. This includes, but is not limited to, the protection of personal and sensitive information and never sharing images or videos without consent.
In order to keep us safe online all pupils who use a computer have had an agreement (Pupil Acceptable Use agreement) signed by parents or carers. We remind our children of the online safety rules whenever we use computers. If a child does not use a computer sensibly and follow the rules of this agreement both in and out of school then they may be banned from using a computer or offered limited access rights.
Our Foundation and KS1 classes have named their class e-safety penguins. We love the names chosen for their buddies ‘in charge’ of keeping them safe online.
By teaching our children critical thinking skills we are helping them to recognise if something is wrong and just as importantly what to do next. To help you understand what you can do to help keep your children safe online and what you should do if something goes wrong please see the following links:
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website. If you would like to speak to the school for more advice or have any concerns about the safety of a child online, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mr Thompson, the school’s IT co-ordinator.