How we keep children safe online
We have a duty to protect children and be aware of the risks that can arise when using the internet and online technologies.
We have a named online safety co-ordinator and an online safety policy, which is reviewed every year (including assessing new risks). The policy sets out how we will address any issues or misuse.
- Internet access in lessons is managed and monitored carefully and appropriately for the age of the pupils, with clear objectives.
- Internet access is filtered, to block access to unsuitable content. ICT systems capacity and security are reviewed regularly.
- Pupils are taught what internet use is acceptable and what is not. If they do come across any inappropriate content they are told to report this to staff.
- Children are taught to be aware of online safety risks and laws involved with social network sites, gaming and the use of mobile phones – and are taught never to reveal personal details or arrange to meet anyone online.
- Children are taught about online safety throughout the curriculum and through ‘Safer Internet Day’ activities. Online safety rules are displayed on posters in appropriate places in school and the children are reminded of the rules throughout the year.
- If children have mobile phones, they are required to hand them in to the teacher at the start of the day.
- We are careful not to publish pictures or names of children without consent. Please refer to our Data Protection policy to understand how we use information about parents, carers and children.
- Staff and volunteers are given clear guidelines about their use of the internet: please see our Acceptable Use of ICT policy.
This page is intended to provide parents and carers with additional resources to support online safety at home and at school.
Worried about online sexual abuse?
Or worried about the way someone has been communicating with you or your child online?
You can make a report to Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
Keeping Children Safe Online (NSPCC advice)
The NSPCC have drawn together lots of advice for parents, including Being Share Aware, MineCraft Safety Advice, and how to stay safe using apps. The information can be found here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/
Parents' Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)
Parents can also contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 0808 8005002
DITTO Online safety magazine
A free online safety magazine from e-safety advisor Alan Mackenzie. You can download it here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/
Parent Zone (www.parentzone.org.uk) offers information to help parents and carers understand the digital world and raise resilient children.
Courses and resources for parents and carers can be found via the Parent Zone website or by clicking on the magazine below. There are some useful links from Parent Zone below.
Helping children be safe online at home
Starting a conversation with children about using the internet safely, responsibly and positively
Information sheet with useful links and online resources
Protecting the privacy of your child online
Net Newbie or a Net Master?
To kids, online life is real life. But how much do you know about their digital world? Take this quick quiz and put your knowledge to the test.
Using apps and games safely
Digital tips for School Holidays
Snap Chat's Snap Map
If there's a particular app or website that you're concerned about, Parent Zone can create a simple guide with messaging for teachers, pupils and staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
The NSPCC has some great resources, including:
- How to set up parental controls
- conversation starters to help you talk to your child
- information about the risks of different games, apps and sites.