Online Safety & Remote Learning:
With the increased use of digital technology that comes with remote learning, safeguarding implications need careful consideration. Parents are advised to spend time speaking with their child(ren) about online safety and reminding them of the importance of reporting to an adult anything that makes them feel uncomfortable online.
While we will be doing our best to ensure links shared are appropriate, there may be tailored advertising which displays differently in your household or other changes beyond our control. Any online safety concerns should be reported to the Online Safety Lead (Julie Welham) as normal. Parents can do this through emailing or phoning the school.
The following websites offer useful support:
• Childline for support
• UK Internet Safety Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
• CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
In addition, the following sites are an excellent source of advice and information:
• Internet Matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
• Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
• UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
The internet is a fantastic tool for education and we use a range of Information Technology to engage and enhance our pupils' learning. However, we have to be mindful that our pupils are as safe as possible whilst online. We have protections in place which include:
1. The broadband service we use is provided by an experienced and highly regarded company who have been involved in primary education for many years. There are filters on the service which prevent access to certain websites or pages that display particular words.
2. There are always staff members around when pupils access the internet. Infants are supervised whilst working whilst older pupils work more independently but will be monitored closely by staff
3. Pupils are taught about online safety. They know what they should and shouldn't do on a computer.
4. On our website pages there is a the CEOP button to instantly report any concerns
Unfortunately, no systems or procedures give complete protection and therefore the most important advice we give our pupils is "If you are worried by what you see online, tell a teacher or a trusted adult". There are even more dangers in most homes. The use of computers has always been popular but now there are many more mobile devices (tablets, phones etc) plus games machines (Xbox and Playstation) that allow access to the internet. CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) are a a government group who produce excellent advice and training on e-safety. So how can you keep your child safe online? Here are some links that will help: