Staying Safe online
We take children's safety online extremely seriously. Therefore we are always keeping ourselves up to date on the latest advice on online safety. Please see the attached leaflet for information about keeping your child safe online.
We are members of the National Online Safety hub and are committed to the continual training of our staff to keep up to date with the latest information. We would highly recommend that our parents also sign up for free membership here https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ so that we can work together to keep our children safe at school and at home.
Our students are growing up in a technologically dynamic environment. While we believe that using technology is a mainly positive feature of modern life, we also must be aware of the potential pitfalls.
Throughout school, we try to teach children:
- how cyberbullying affects people and what to do if they have been a victim.
- to exercise caution while chatting online and use common sense when sharing information because people are not always who they seem to be.
- if something upsets them, to talk to a trusted adult about it.
- to doubt the accuracy of information obtained from a web-based source.
- to use browsers wisely when looking for information
Below are a list of useful websites that you may find helpful when discussing online safety with your child. You will also find resources that your child can directly access to help them learn about online safety
The National Crime Agency's CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse. They provide a wealth of resources and information to professionals working with children, young people and their families.
Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.
Internet Matters supports parents and carers to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape. They offer the best advice and information available to help you engage in your child’s online life and manage the risks they may face online.
National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.
The NSPCC recognise that understanding online safety is tricky for all ages. They have advice to help you learn about staying safe online as a family.as well as tools and advice to help you keep your child safe.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.