Online safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can also bring risks. We work with our pupils in school to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.
We have a very strict policy when it comes to online safety and all of our children and staff have signed an Acceptable Use Policy to safeguard the interests of all of those associated with school.
It is our duty as a school to ensure that our children are up to date with current and ever-changing online safety issues and have a clear understanding on how to prevent incidents and what they should do if they do have any incidents.
Throughout the year we run events for parents and pupils. We have forged very strong links with the Bradford District Cyber Team, who come into school on a regular basis. In the Autumn Term, all Key stage 2 pupils took part in an online safety workshop with the PCSO. We also lead a cyber awareness session for parents. In the Spring Term, Year 5 and 6 took part in a cyberbullying workshop.
As a school we celebrate safer internet week. This year our Digital Leaders will be delivering assemblies for all pupils and parents. The week will end with our pupils dressing up in a technology outfit, with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.
Recently, all our pupils took an on-line survey and the results can be viewed here.
Using the Internet Safely at Home
Whilst many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for access inappropriate material including unsuitable texts, pictures and movies, Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet Explorer with this in mind. Locating the computer in the family area, not in the bedroom, will enable you to supervise children as they use the Internet. However, don't deny your child the opportunity to learn from the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead set some simple rules for keeping them safe and make sure they understand their importance.
Further information and help for parents can be found here: http://parentinfo.org/
Online Safety Documents
Simple Rules for Keeping Your Child Safe online
To keep your child safe they should:
- ask permission before using the internet
- only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
- only email people they know, (why not consider setting up an address book?)
- ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don't know
- not use internet chat rooms
- not use their real name when using games on the internet (create a nickname)
- never give out a home address, phone or mobile number
- never tell someone where they go to school
- never arrange to meet someone they have 'met' on the internet
- only use a webcam with people they know
- tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with
Using these rules
Go through these rules with your child and pin them up near to the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take internet access away from them.
For further information go to:
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Some Useful Websites
When searching the Internet we recommend you use one of the following child friendly search engines:
Ask Jeeves for kids: www.askforkids.com
Yahoo! Kids: www.kids.yahoo.com
CBBC Search: www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/search
Zoo Search: www.zoo.com
Below are some links that we used recently in our assemblies.
We hope you find them useful.