In 2016 we were awarded the e-safety mark. This is an accreditation from the South West Grid for Learning. This award recognises that we provide a high standard of e-safety education and awareness for all staff, children and also for parents and carers, and ensure that these users of the new technologies can be safe online.
Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on
Tuesday 7th February 2017 .
Look out on class pages and in the school newsletter for more information about what we are doing in school to help us learn how to keep safe on the Internet. This year’s theme is “Be the Change. Unite for a Safer Internet”. We are going to be focusing on safe ways to talk to friends online. The latest copy of the Digital Parenting magazine will be sent home during Safer Internet Week, alternatively you can follow the links below to view copies of the magazine.
At Bournville Primary School we know how much our children enjoy using IT and how it can help them to learn in lots of ways. We want them to be confident and safe users of the Internet and of new technology as it develops. It’s impossible to avoid the internet today and we wouldn’t want to stop anyone using it as it offers lots of opportunities and information. Our aim has to be teaching children to use it in the safest way possible.
What is E-Safety? E-Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school). The Internet is part of children’s lives these days. It offers lots of educational opportunities, helps them keep in touch with friends and family and opens up a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a tablet, a games console or mobile phone, children are increasingly accessing the Internet in a variety of ways.
As part of our safeguarding commitment we have developed an e-safety committee of staff and governors. As a group we review information and develop safe practices within the school. Part of our role is also to ensure parents are kept informed of school policy. (For a really useful parent magazine on e-safety click Digital Parenting Magazine.) As part of the pupils’ curriculum, Bournville provides supervised access to the Internet. As a school we do not use Google with the children but instead use a child friendly search engine ‘KidRex’. http://www.kidrex.org/
To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our Broadband provider (The South West Grid for Learning) operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised. Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.
The SMART rules: SAFE – stay safe, don’t give out personal information MEETING – only meet someone from the internet with your parents ACCEPTING – emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems RELIABLE – information on the Internet may not be true TELL – a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable We explain our ICT rules to the children frequently and annually request that the children and staff sign up to our Acceptable Use Policy. Please see below for our E-Safety policy and acceptable use documents.
The E-Safety committee also wanted to highlight some very useful E-Safety resources available for parents and hope you will explore some of the following sites: Websites for more information REMEMBER: Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online. CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. Well worth a read!
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.
http://www.childnet.com Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site includes ‘Kidsmart’ with lots of fun activities for Primary children and also ‘Know IT All’ which is described below. www.childnet.com/kia/parents Know IT All is Childnets award winning suite of educational resources to support teachers, parents and children. Their advice for parents includes information on social networking and cyberbullying and some really useful family resources. www.saferinternet.org.uk – e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Other information you might like to know: Web sites for children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent’s permission.The age limit for using Facebook is 13.
is a good and comprehensive guide to the social networks your children use. The site helps you find out all you need to know, easily, about the most popular apps and social media sites that are being used today.
Further help and advice
- For practical support on privacy settings, parental controls and more call our online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002
- Help for children and young people
Call ChildLine on 0800 1111
- Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? Contact CEOP
- If you stumble across criminal content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk