The world is becoming increasingly 'virtual' with the internet connecting people in a wide range of areas through a number of different device types. Just as we aim to keep children safe when in our immediate care, we should aim to monitor their use of the internet and ensure they are enjoying the rich range of resources in a safe and controlled manner. This is known as 'Online Safety' which can be defined in a number of ways. One such definition is "Online Safety is about utilising information and communication technologies in a safe and responsible way. It is mainly concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the digital world and making sure they feel safe when accessing new technology.”
Please keep an eye out on our Calendar to see when we are running our Online Safety sessions. There are also leaflets with advice on online safety available from the office – these are provided by Sweethaven who are our IT provider.
Sweethaven are in school three times a week and are able to advise us quickly if there are any e-safety concerns. The school monitors filtering software for key words, phrases and concepts every day to ensure the children are not able to access inappropriate, offensive or other types of material on the school internet. This falls both in our curriculum aspects of ICT / online safety and the Safeguarding provision within our school.
Please click on the sites below to have a look through some of the principles of Online Safety and how to tackle this in the home:
Useful Guides for Parents:
Facebook Parents’ Guide (please note the minimum age for use of Facebook is 13.)
Instagram Parents’ Guide (please note the minimum age for use of Instagram is 13.)
NSPCC Net Aware
Parents’ Guide to Google+
Snapchat Parents’ Guide (please note the minimum age for use of Instagram is 13.)
An essential guide for parents
A parents’ guide to mobile phones
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre)