There has been a greater emphasis placed on highlighting safeguarding issues with digital technologies by the Department of Education with the ever increasing access to devices with internet capabilities.
The Legislation ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016’ describes the issue of online safety and its preventative approach as:
‘The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; sexual predation: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate’.
Our E-Safeguarding policy addresses potential risks and describes our ‘whole school approach’ to:
- Identifying the risks posed to learners
- The measures to prevent exposure by systems in place to appropriately monitor and filter internet content
- The procedures in place to report / escalate online safety incidents
Carrwood is committed to educating pupils of the risks posed by online digital technology by embedding online safety across the curriculum.
Pupils are introduced to Online Safety at the start of every academic year by introducing online safety using appropriate age related lesson material. These lessons will be included in pupils very first ICT lessons and as part of their PHSE / safety curriculum. Pupils will also be introduced to the Pupil Charter; an acceptable usage agreement that was devised by the pupil council, in version that are age appropriate (KS1 or KS2). These lessons will be implemented on a termly basis, with a recap of what they have learned at the end of the school year.
Parents and pupils will receive new learning materials throughout the school year; they will receive their pupil charter as part of their first introduction to Carrwood, transition meetings into their new classes, receive regular online safety tips through home activities and school newsletters .
Pupils will also cover online safety as part of topic and themed events, which includes Anti-bullying week, Thoughtfulness week and Safer Internet Day etc. Each year we follow a schedule of activities to coincide with Safer Internet Day.
In previous years, we have completed activities such as online bullying posters and leaflets, Powerpoint presentations of the dangers of the online world and even storyboards on possible implications of certain actions online and how to deal with them.
For Safer Internet Day 2017, we held a week of activities which included an online safety tips poster for KS1 and online safety web banner for KS2. The winners were selected by the pupil council and attended a 3D printing experience at the Innovation Centre in Bradford to design and create their own winning medals!
To keep our staff and governors trained and up to date on the latest online safety risks and resolutions, Carrwood Primary School will endeavour to provide training from recognised external agencies. Our staff and governors attended a training workshop in March 2017, delivered by Innovation Centres.
All parents and carers want to protect their children ensuring their safety is paramount at all times. Skills acquired online will help children understand risks and make sensible decisions online, enabling them to stay safe. In order for your child to get the most out of the internet use the following tips:
- Talk to your child about their internet use and take an interest in what they are looking at
- Be positive
- Pass on advice about safety
- Encourage your child to speak to you or an adult in school if they experience something online which they don’t like.
Please use the following links to download guides which give information about some of the apps your children may be using.
If any pupil feels unsure about a website, or a chat you might think is inappropriate, click the link below and report it to CEOP.