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Children use the internet all the time for learning which is why it is necessary to make sure that they are safe when on the internet. 

Electrical devices are used in day to day life most of which allow you to access the internet from wherever you are. The most common device children use for the internet is a computer or laptop as most people have either one or the other at their home as well as being in schools. Other devices that you should be aware of are mobile phones, game consoles tablets such as the iPad. You can't always monitor what your child is doing which can cause worry as the internet isn't always safe.

If you have any concerns about E-Safety please contact our E-Safety Officer: Joffy Conolly

 

HOW WE PROTECT CHILDREN AT SCHOOL

1) Firewall & Inappropriate content blocker. The school has a special firewall which is run by the London Grid for Learning, who manage most London primary schools. It prevents access to sites known to host inappropriate material

2) Adult-supervision. Teaching staff are always present when children access the internet via either desktops or tablets. 

3) Certified software. All of our software is licensed for use by schools and is age-appropriate and security-checked. Software is installed by our technical support service provider.

4) Education. Whilst we endeavour to shield children from accessing inappropriate content at school, no firewall is ever 100% effective and we acknowledge that the majority of our children will have access to the internet outside of school. We believe that the best way to protect children is by educating them about the dangers so that they can manage and assess the risks for themselves. 

Thus the first lesson of every half term is an E-Safety lesson across the whole school.

 

For more information on how we manage E-Safety at school, please look at our policy.

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD AT HOME - GUIDANCE

Parental controls - parental controls allows you to limit the websites that your child can access when they are on the internet. This will stop them from accessing any inappropriate websites

Keep the computer where you can see it - By doing this you will be able to see what they are looking at and know if click on anything inappropriate or try to talk to someone they don't know.

Pop-up Blocker - Pop-up blocker is an application installed for browsers to stop pop-ups from appearing while you are searching the internet. This is good as some pop-ups can lead to websites you don't want your children visiting.

Education - The best way to protect your child is to educate them about the risks. There are plenty of resources online (see below for a selection). Additionally, the school runs a yearly e-safety briefing for parents. Please look out for it in our school calendar or via the newsletter.

 

STAFF TRAINING

Our E-Safety Lead undertakes regular e-safety lead training with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). They in turn train staff to understand  the risks involved for young people on the internet, be it Social Networking, Smartphones or Video Chat sites.

 

HELP & ADVICE

The internet is an ever-changing and evolving environment and we (parents, carers and teaching staff) must understand this and be able to give the children the best advice on how to use it safely, and where to go if they feel venerable or victimised. The CEOP button can be found on many websites and  will direct you to their page where you will be able to find help.

 

MORE INFORMATION

DFE Advice leaflet for Parents - how to avoid / deal with cyberbullying

Think U Know - Information for 5 - 16 years olds as well as parents, carers and teachers.

Kid Smart - Has different categories that you can look at such as safe searching and social networking.

CBBC Stay Safe - Has videos about different things involving staying safe on the internet.

 

 

 

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