E-Safety

 

PREVENT

We realise that you may have seen news items regarding this social media topic.  Whilst all school staff are accustomed with the PREVENT strategies, we would like to inform you of a new website that has now been set up by the Government. It's objective is to further assist in advising schools and childcare providers in preventing children and young people from being drawn into extremism and radicalisation.  The school's policy regarding Prevent safeguarding and strategy can be accessed by navigating to the 'Policies' section of the website.

Please click here to access the new website http://www.educateagainsthate.com/

CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre operated by the Government.  If you need to report any inappropriate content or behaviour that you may encounter then click on the CEOP button above and follow the direction on their pages.  In addition there is a very informative website directed at parents/carers that provides advice regarding online and other technological issues that young people are facing.

Please visit http://www.internetmatters.org/

Every year the school participates in a worldwide Safer Internet Day to help raise even more awareness to our children and their families' online safety. Last year it was held on the 9th February 2016 with the theme of 'Let's create a better internet together'.  This year's campaign, was held on the 7th February 2017 with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet!  Yet again the whole school will take part in a range of activities to promote Safer Internet Day.  For the fifth time in succession, Year 6 pupils participated in an online e-safety survey promoted by the Leicestershire Safeguarding team.  The results will be published at the end of March 2017.

Technology is constantly emerging and plays a large part in our children's lives.  Internet access is not just restricted to a home computer anymore.  Tablets, mobile phones, e-readers, games consoles are widely available and their use is still growing and trends show it will continue to do so.  Whilst there may be some negatives with e-technology there are far more positives.  At John Wycliffe we endeavour to teach our children just that and how to behave responsibly and with respect when online.  We also equip them with the knowledge that they need should they encounter any inappropriate or upsetting online material.

Although E-Safety has always been addressed and delivered it is now embedded within the Computing curriculum. Children learn how to access online content, how to engage and communicate with others via email, how to plan, write and de-bug programs and control objects both real and animated.  All children are required to adhere to an ICT Acceptable Use Policy and are fully briefed in the use of the school equipment and provided with the skill that they need to be E-Safe.  This begins in Foundation and carries on as they move through the school.  Particular attention is paid to keeping personal information safe outside of school and each child has their own personal folder on the school network to store and retrieve their work.  Obviously use cannot be monitored in the same way outside of the school environment so please help your child stay or become more E-Safe by looking at the links provided on this page.

Social Media plays a large role in day to life and widely used for general communication but please remember that sites such as Facebook have a minimum account sign-up age of 13. This age requirement is there to help keep your children safe so with this in mind our pupils should not have an account or be using these sites.

PARENTS E-SAFETY HELP AND ADVICE

  • Frequent and friendly conversations with your child
  • Don't over-react
  • Install filtering or timer related limits on your home router
  • Think carefully about which room to install your home computer
  • Remember tablets and smartphones are harder to supervise
  • Use parental internet controls
  • Set time limits and conditions
  • Don't snoop - it encourages more secrecy - be open, talk and take an interest

Useful Links

Know IT all for Parents - http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Kidsmart - http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

Thinkuknow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents