e-Safety at Admirals
At Admirals Academy we take the issue of Online Safety very seriously and on this page you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.
Promoting Online Safety within the Academy
The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can also bring risks. We work with our children to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.
All children are asked to sign an agreement on how they will use technology in school. You can view a copy by clicking here Acceptable Use.
Online Safety Champions
Within our academy we have a small group of children, made up of children from all year groups, who are our Online Safety Champions. They attend regular meetings to discuss all aspects of online safety and how they can keep safe in and out of school. They then feed back any important information to their class.
The Year 6 children within this group are taking part in the Childnet Digital Leaders Programme. This youth leadership programme offers children an exciting online community, structured training and ongoing support from Childnet’s expert team. This helps make online safety learning fun, effective and helps schools work towards an outstanding whole school community approach to online safety.
Online Safety within the Curriculum
Online safety is taught throughout the curriculum; At the start of each computing lesson children and teachers discuss how they keep themselves safe online.
We have held Online Safety family events where we invite parents/carers and their children in for an eye-opening look into the world of online safety. After each event parents said that they felt much better informed and there was some excellent sharing of information.
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 not posting 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 that they are accessing, e.g. Facebook and Youtube.
3. Discuss Their Activity – Take an 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” family activity.
5. Be Open – Let them know that 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) magazine 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 approximately every 6 weeks.
Think U Know (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/)
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
NSPCC Net Aware https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Net Aware is your guide to the social networks your children use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. They have lots of advice for children, parents and carers.