What OFSTED said...
"The curriculum helps pupils learn how to keep safe. For example, pupils are very knowledgeable about how to keep safe online and the risks posed when using social media."
Full report January 2019
Our E-Safety Leads are Mr Shea and Ms Sharratt.
in school, we believe that technology can be greatly beneficial to a child's academic progress and add an exciting dimension to their learning experiences. We place great importance on ensuring that pupils' use of these technologies occur in a controlled and safe environment. All children receive specific E-safety lessons as part of the computing curriculum as well as constant references to staying safe when using technology throughout their time in school. All technologies used in school are monitored using Impero software.
For more information about E Safety in school, please view the E-safety policy in the School Policies section of the Parents Zone.
E Safety information
- Ensure that you look on your internet provider's website to activate parental controls to filter out inappropriate material.
- If your children play games online, ensure that their contact settings are private so they will not be able to play or receive communications from people they don't know.
- Always check the age rating of games your children play and observe them playing the game to check for inappropriate or adult themes.
- Ensure children know the SMART rules of using the internet and are not giving away too much personal information.
- Adhere to the age limits given on social media platforms (13+ on Facebook, Snapchat & Instagram).
- Monitor their use of the internet and check internet browsing history.
- Ensure children use secure passwords for websites that require a login.
- Take care with websites or platforms that are linked to your bank account/ credit card. It can be very easy to run up huge bills!
- If you have any questions regarding your child's online safety, contact Ms Sharratt or Mr Shea for more information.
- Make sure that you know the risks associated with apps that are popular amongst children so that you can keep your children safe online. Visit this NSPCC site to find out more https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/#
- Does your child play Fortnite? An overview of the risks can be found here https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/fortnite-all-you-need-know/
If you wish to report an E Safety issue to the school then please contact Mr Shea or Ms Sharratt
Important information for parents: Fortnite
It has come to our attention that some of the children in school are playing a game called Fortnite.
The NSPCC have raised concerns relating to children being “groomed” or bullied over the internet.
Parents are advised to turn off the voice chat system in the game to make sure children are not speaking to strangers. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn off the text system which means that strangers can send messages to and from your child.
The game has an age restriction of 12 which means no child in this school should be playing it and as a school we agree with this. However, if you wish your child to play Fortnite we would strongly recommend this is only when being watched by an adult.
If you would like any further support or assistance relating to this or any other issue’s, please contact Mr Shea or Ms Sharratt.
National Online Safety
We are now a member of the National Online Safety scheme. This means staff and governors have received training related to the latest E Safety issues and further training is available to parents. Excellent information about a range of prominent issues can be found in the files below.