The education of pupils in online safety is an essential part of the school’s online safety provision. Children and young people need the help and support of the school to recognise and avoid online safety risks and build their resilience.
Online safety is a focus in all areas of the curriculum and staff reinforce online safety messages across the curriculum.
Parents / carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the need to use the internet / mobile devices in an appropriate way. The school will take every opportunity to help parents understand these issues through newsletters, website and information about national / local online safety campaigns and literature, and workshops. Parents and carers are encouraged to support the school in promoting good online safety practice and to follow guidelines on the appropriate use of:
- digital and video images taken at school events
- access to parents’ sections of the website and on-line student / pupil records
- their children’s personal devices in the school (where this is allowed)
In Key Stage 1, children will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In Key Stage 2, children will be taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable / unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
For further information, please read the advice from Childnet and / or Think U Know. CEOP is a particularly good website to report incidents on.
We also ask that children sign an acceptable use policy in line with their age. This makes sure that the children understand how to best use technology within our school.