We take online safety issues very seriously and want to work in partnership with parents and children to keep them safe online. We ensure all children in the academy receive regular e-safety lessons and dedicated assemblies about keeping safe online.
We teach children the SMART rules and remind them everyday when we use technology within the classroom.
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening fi les, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Click on the link to access a free copy of the SMART rules, you can display this poster at home.
Children Safe Search Engines
As part of our e-safety teaching we ensure that we use safe search engines that are suitable for children. Here are some examples of the different search engines that are available. Please have a look and encourage your child to use these when searching the Internet at home.
– Safe search kids
– Common Sense media
– Kids Click search engine
There may be occasions where children are completing on line learning at home.
In addition to the SMART rules here are Five Ways to Help Children Stay Safe Online
1. Prioritise safety – teach children not to give out personal information, like their name, address, telephone number or which school they go to (including photos of themselves in their uniform)
2. Set Parental Controls – Agree a list of websites that your child is allowed to visit and remember to check the minimum age limit on services they are accessing eg Facebook and Youtube
3.Discuss Their Activity -Take interest in their online world. Talk to them about their favourite websites, videos and their online friends.
4. Set Boundaries – Establish time limits for activities such as using the internet and games consoles. Make sure to set aside time for “unplugged” famility activity.
5.Be Open – Let them know they can tell you about anything that happens on the internet and that you will listen without judgement.
Below you will find links to some helpful resources which will give you further information in all aspects of online safety.
#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) newsletter in PDF format for schools, organizations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to the practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Net Aware is your guide to the social networks your children use. Stay up to date and keep you child safe in todays digital world.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe space for children. They have lots of advice for children, parents and carers.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have provided the following links for parents to look at, for more information on keeping your child safe online.
This contains a variety of videos for parents and carers about different aspects of e-safety.