What do we teach the children in school?
- Internet Safety is covered each year in our PSHE curriculum
- During our annual Sleep/Worry Week in the Spring Term children receive additional lessons on staying safe using resources from ThinkUKnow..
- The majority of our learning is focussed on safe practices to avoid grooming and predatory behaviour and creating an awareness of the dangers of cyberbullying.
- We of course teach children about the positives aspects of the Internet too - helping pupils to understand the provenance of information and to avoid "Fake News"
- Children from Year 2 up are taught about "acceptable use" (of computers and other devices) and sign and Acceptable Use Agreement each year.
- All the computers in school have very strong "firewall" software provided by the council which prevents the children from searching for and accessing inappropriate sites.
- Children are always supervised when using computers and tablets in school
- Children are not allowed to bring in phones, cameras or other devices that can record moving or still images which might later be uploaded to the internet.
- Consider reporting the incident to CEOP (part of the National Crime Agency). There is good advice here
- Inform a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in school Mrs Butler, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Edwards, Mr Eglin or Mrs Lunt
- We will follow the Behaviour Policy and Anti-Bullying Policy sensitively in cases of cyberbullying ensuring the issues are resolved with compassion and fairness.
- If there is a concern about grooming we can support you and your child through the process of informing CEOP and we will provide additional 1-1 Internet Safety tuition
- There is a link to a review of popular apps which will help you to assess the risks for your children here.
- Alot of computer games played on PCs , consoles and even small handheld devices have the capability to connect to the internet and from there to strangers from around the world. Popular games such as Fortnite and Fifa encourage team play. When children are using a headset, if the controls aren't correctly set, any stranger can talk to them. Parents should ensure parental controls are in place and monitor their children while playing such games. Remind children frequently not to link up with people they don't know outside the Internet.
- Think carefully about your own ability to keep the technology safe before purchasing games software and hardware for your child. If not you who else can help?