We are committed to providing high quality e-safety to our pupils to will make them creative and effective digital citizens. We want to teach our pupils that they should strive to make a positive contribution to our future world and be confident at using technology, but with the internet and technology changing daily, it is vital that our children are educated about keeping safe online.
We remind parents that pupils should have no need to bring mobile phones into school. In the event of such technology arriving in school, the item will be confiscated and kept in the office until parents come to collect it. In the unusual event of a mobile phone being required by a pupil, specific permission must be sought and the phone can then be handed into the office.
Childnet is a really motivating site for all children as it is filled activities and games. Adults will also be able to find useful information and advice.
The ‘Thinkuknow’ website is another website filled with excellent resources for all age ranges from 5 – 16 years. In particular, the year 5-7 cartoon ‘Jessie and friends’ is extremely helpful for the younger children as it explains all aspects of staying safe in an age appropriate and fun way.
Please also look at the following link “The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety”. This includes Safety tips for using apps such as Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp. Whilst these online platforms are designed for older users, we are aware that younger pupils sometimes use them too. This site will help you gain an overview of what is actually contained within these sites so you are aware of the risks involved. It also covers advice and safety tips for teens playing online multiplayer video games. There are other online safety topics and advice such as sharing personal information, socialising online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
You may be alerted to question your child’s online activity if they are:
Remember that none of these signs prove that your child is at risk in any way, but if you notice anything that confuses or worries you try talking things over with them. They may well tell you to stop fussing. They may be laid back.
In any case, think about their demeanour and attitude as well as what they say.
If you are still concerned contact one of the helping agencies listed in the ‘Useful links’ section.