E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of Computing skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school.
The school carries out the following procedures to ensure internet usage is safe:
- the school's internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials
- the parts of the Internet that children can access is strictly limited and controlled by the use of the London Grid for Learning system.
- the school holds an Online Safety Policy that all users need to comply to
- parents/guardians are expected to sign an Internet Code of Conduct & E-Safety Student Agreement form at their childrens’ admittance to the school
- pupils sign an agreement to comply with the schools Online Safety rules on an annual basis
- pupils are expected to follow instructions and procedures in order to ensure their own safety and avoid damaging the equipment
- all staff sign an agreement to comply with the school’s acceptable use policy
- electronic equipment is checked by a suitably qualified electrician at least every two years
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download below:
Download the Latest DofE Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying
DofE Online Parents Support Website - Parent Info
There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info. It has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents. Click on the link below to access the website.
Set Parental Restrictions on Your Child's Device
How to Guides
It can seem difficult to keep up-to-date with the technology that children use. You can find out much more information and support about digital technologies here.