The internet and the way that society uses the internet can be an immensely powerful and positive means of communication. We know that there are many benefits for our young people in using the internet to enhance their understanding of the world and how they interact with one another.
The Internet and its effective use is an an important part of learning across the curriculum. We also recognise that unmediated internet access brings with it the possibility of placing pupils in embarrassing, inappropriate and challenging situations.
At Sefton Park, we place a high emphasis on all our pupils being digitally aware citizens. We teach specific e-safety lessons as part of our computing curriculum and we have a range of security measures to ensure all pupils are safeguarded. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded in line with our e-Safety policy.
All our junior children have to agree to the Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement before being allowed to use the computers in school. All our staff have to agree and sign a Computing Code of conduct to comply with school expectations.
It is also important to recognise that e-Safety is a whole school community safeguarding responsibility and we are committed to helping parents/carers in supporting their children use the internet in a safe and rewarding way.
It is advised that parents/carers talk to their children about how they can use the internet in as safe a manner at home as is possible. Please see the further information section below for advice and guidance on how to do this.
Please remember, that whilst you can educate your child on the safest way to use the internet, it is impossible to make tools such as search engines 100% safe. It is therefore important that you encourage your child to report a problem to yourself or the school. As a common point of emphasis, we highly recommend continued, open and honest dialogue between home, school and the child as the most effective and proactive measure to keeping children safe online.
If you are aware of any e-safety related issues that you wish to discuss and seek further advice, then please do contact our e-safety lead, Dan Simson, through the school office.
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Think U Know: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Children are told it’s good to share, but sharing too much online can be dangerous. The NSPCC have got simple advice on how to keep children safe in the digital world.