In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
E-safety should form a fundamental part of schools’ safeguarding and child protection measures.
Government guidance across the UK highlights the importance of safeguarding children and young people from harmful and inappropriate online material (Department for Education, 2021a; Department of Education, 2020; Scottish Government, 2017; Welsh Government, 2021).
A whole school approach to online safety helps ensure staff, governors, volunteers and parents teach children about online safety.
We do lot’s of work within school around on how to keep children safe while using computers and in particular, the internet. Our work around online safety is done through our Online Safety Curriculum (see plan below) and and is linked to the principles in the governments document Education for a Connect World (2020).
As well as this, we also deliver key messages to children during national focus days, e.g. Internet Safety Day, Anti-bullying Week, and annually invite Tim Pinto into our school who runs workshops for each year group in our school which includes up to date and appropriate messages for children about Online Safety. We also deliver a workshop to parents, staff and governors so that everyone within our school community can keep themselves and others safe whilst online.
STAYING SAFE ONLINE – TIPS
Useful Websites to help support you and your child/children online:
The above link is particularly useful if you are worried about any online issues for your child.
This website keeps you up to date with any recent apps/websites/trends that are happening. You can sign up so that you can keep yourself updated.
Here are some documents that may prove helpful for you and your families.
ScreenTimePack – This is a very helpful pack to help with appropriate screen time at home. There is a chart and reward system for gaining extra time which is useful.
Interactive_Poster_Cyberhero_Sept19_v3 – This document helps children understand how they should be acting online.
Factsheet_EatingDisorders_bothlogos_v3 – Eating disorders are a growing problem and this document helps you to understand the language associated with different disorders as well as knowing and understanding the signs.