From Keeping Children Safe in Education:
‘The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation- technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene and escalate any incident where appropriate.
The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
The Internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and pupils learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Children and young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
At St Paulinus, we ensure that children learn how to use these technologies safely by spending the first three weeks of every year delivering E-safety lessons during the children’s Computing lessons.
Cleveland Police have produced a leaflet with information to help pupils stay safe online. Please click on the link below.
In September all the children from Year 1 to Year 6 took part in e-safety sessions with our safeguarding consultant Mr Pete Davies.
At 9am and 3pm he also did information sessions for parents and carers. In this session he showed the Golden Rules Video a youtube version of the same video is available below.
In February 2017 the police invited all school to join in with Internet Safety Day and share the contents of a leaflet with all parents.
The leaflet has some fantastic up to date information to help parents keep their children safe online. It is available below.
The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this.
Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep themselves safe and behave appropriately online. It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
Cleveland Police are dedicated to promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. While the internet and the technology used to access it is rapidly evolving, providing exciting new experiences and methods of communicating, it is important that children and professionals alike do not forget the risks that are associated with it. Staying Safe Online
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Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Always remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
This is a fantastic resource for parents which contains all the very latest information.
A number of schools have asked us about a Parent Info poster to put up around the school or send home to parents, telling them about the service.Well, now we have one - and here it is!
Leaflet about staying safe online avaliable here: Social Media Staying Safe
Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored or supervised. Always supervise the use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Also consider the use and location of other devices your child uses which allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles.
This site offers advice for parents and carers and has activities for children to learn about how to stay safe online.
An interactive guide to show parents and carers everything that they need to know to keep themselves and their children safe online.
This site has current advice about e-safety along with links to other useful information sites.
There are links to activities that can be shared with your children and advice about what you need to know on this site.
This site has details about how to protect your computer, safe online shopping and protecting your identity.
This site has useful advice about how to talk to your child about issues linked to e-safety.