Keeping Children Safe Online
Online safety is something for all of us to consider whether we are at home or in school and is not limited to just computer and Internet use.
More and more now we are seeing our children have access to the internet in many ways e.g. desktop PCs, laptops, tablet PC’s and a range of portable devices. Living in this technological world, it can be difficult to keep up the speed at which new technologies are evolving. However, the Internet can also be our greatest friend with a huge host of resources available to help us to keep track of what our children are up to in the virtual world.
At St Margaret’s at Hasbury, we have made great progress in educating the children in the safe and responsible use of technology. All staff and our year 5 and 6 children sign Acceptable Usage Agreement and tailored they are specifically written to make sure that we all understand what is expected of us when using our computer equipment during the school day, and when we are at home.
All children are taught a progressive online safety curriculum to make sure that they understand the dangers that can exist on the Internet. Online safety guidance is incorporated in the home school agreement, which is integral to the home school diary.
We are very proud to have been awarded the 360 degree e-safe award for the work that we do with our school community at school. The 360 degree e-safe online tool provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to review their online safety provision, including policies and practice, to develop an action plan to bring about improvements. Schools that are able to show good practice in their online safety policy and procedures can apply for the E-Safety Mark. This was successfully renewed in November 2016.
You, as parents, play a vital role in keeping your child safe online. Encourage children to discuss what game they are playing so that you can make a judgement as to whether it is acceptable or not. Have screens facing you so that you can see what you child is doing and place computers/games consoles etc in communal areas. Where necessary, put parental locks and passwords in place so that children can’t access information or games that you deem inappropriate.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.