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National Online Safety Centre
Lea Forest Primary Academy has successfully completed a comprehensive online safety training programme demonstrating its commitment to keeping children and young people safe online.
Lea Forest Primary Academy – has received a National Online Safety Certified School Accreditation for its whole school community approach to protecting children in the online world.
In February 2021 we successfully completed our Safe Remote Learning Accreditation with the NOSC
National Online Safety is a multi-award winning digital training provider with extensive resources in online safety, developed in line with the Department of Education’s statutory requirements.
Its CPD accredited courses and educational resources support UK schools in educating the whole school community in online safety– including all school staff, senior leaders, teachers and parents – on how to make the internet a safer place for children.
James Southworth, co-founder at National Online Safety, said: “Congratulations to everyone at Lea Forest Primary Academy on becoming a National Online Safety Certified School. By completing our training programme, the school has shown its strong commitment to implementing an effective whole school approach to online safety.”
“It can be increasingly difficult for schools and parents to stay ahead of online threats and ensure both children and staff are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. We arm schools with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react to any problems.”
Lea Forest is protected by E-Safe as part of our trust safeguarding procedures.
eSafe is a robust and intelligent outsourced monitoring solution that’s designed to help educational leaders meet their statutory duty to safeguard students in their care – by taking the strain of detecting safeguarding risks early.
eSafe works around the clock – 24/7, 365 days a year – providing three vital components for detecting the subtle early warning signs of students who are potentially at risk and may require support or an intervention plan.
Technology in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including; web- based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
• Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments, (Moodle)
• E-mail and Instant Messaging (AET Mail, Text to Parents)
• Chat Rooms and Social Networking (Facebook)
• Blogs and Wikis
• Video Broadcasting
• Music Downloading
• Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
• Other mobile devices with web functionality
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies.
At Lea Forest, we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Schools hold personal data on learners, staff and other people to help them conduct their day- to-day activities. Some of this information is sensitive and could be used by another person or criminal organisation to cause harm or distress to an individual. The loss of sensitive information can result in media coverage, and potentially damage the reputation of the school. This can make it more difficult for your school to use technology to benefit learners.
Everybody in the school has a shared responsibility to secure any sensitive information used in their day to day professional duties and even staff not directly involved in data handling should be made aware of the risks and threats and how to minimise them.
A great video from Think U Know that explains how to stay safe online.
Stay safe online and remember our SMART Rules:
Updated November 2021