Online safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones and the digital culture we live in highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology. We also want to provide safeguards and an awareness for users and their families that enable them to control their online experience.
The School’s’ online safety policy reflects the need to raise awareness of the safety issues associated with electronic communications as a whole.
Online safety depends on effective practice at a number of levels:
- Responsible ICT use by all staff and students; encouraged by education and made explicit through published policies.
- Sound implementation of e-safety policy in both administration and curriculum, including secure school network design and use.
- Safe and secure internet provision.
- Internet monitoring provided by Securus.
Mr Jobburns, Headteacher, and Mr Adam Davies, Senior ICT Technician take responsibility for online safety at our school.
Learning about online safety through our curriculum
Examples of our learning about 'Online Safety'
In the last week of the Autumn term, all classes spent time thinking about the importance of internet and online safety- especially with the possibility of having new online devices for Christmas. In Year 3, for example, children wrote their own five rules safe internet use. This example by a Y3 pupil will help to make sure you use the internet responsibly:
- Never give out your real name or any personal details
- Tell somebody if something worries you
- Don't message back. If you're worried- tell somebody
- Don't have accounts unless you are old enough
- Remember anything you post is there for everybody to see so it's best not to put up pictures
Staffordshire Police visit to Upper Key Stage 2
Local Police Officers visited our upper Key Stage 2 children (Y5 & Y6) to talk about online safety, behaviour & conduct and getting ready for high school. They highlighted the importance of being aware of a digital footprint when using computers- especially via social media and how making the right choices now is very important. They discussed the issues relating to behaviour in public and how best to stay safe especially as children look towards a transition to high school.
PCSO Chad Carrington commented on how the pupils showed good interest and engagement and asked some carefully considered questions about making the right choices as they get older.
Pop performance- Online safety
A music company called 'Pop UK' were invited into the school. They worked with all classes, sharing ideas and teaching the children about being safe online . The pupils learnt four different songs and had a lot of fun in the process. They also learnt a lot about the internet and how best to use modern technology safely. It finished with a whole-school performance to parents about important messages for using technology and if that wasn't enough, the performances were captured using sound recording equipment and the parents were able to download the songs.