Mrs Ward is our E-Safety Leader
Key to the schools safeguarding policy is having a robust e-safety curriculum in place. As a result, we embed the teaching of e-safety throughout the whole curriculum and actively encourage children to practise being safe online.
Alongside an everyday awareness of how to stay safe, the school follows the Mr Andrew’s Online Computing Curriculum which also embeds and instils key e-safety messages within the context of Computing lessons and every day skills. The scheme breaks e-safety down into eight focused strands:
Self-Image and Identity
Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
Privacy and Security
Copyright and Ownership
When being taught Computing in class, each of the projects being taught covers one or more of the specific strands above and will be discussed with the class.
Each child records the main e-safety learning from that lesson in a dedicated booklet, under the appropriate category and then recaps it at the start or end of the next project. To ensure every child receives the key messages, we take a register at the start of the lesson and anyone not present is required to complete the lesson when they return.
In school visual reminders appear on IT equipment prompting the children to recap any safety rules and children learn the 'Think You Know' SMART rules.
Our internet is filtered appropriately via our IT provider MINT, who continually monitor and update blacklisted websites. We promote the use of SWIGGLE as a child friendly search engine as opposed to GOOGLE. Children are actively encouraged to come forward if they think they have come across anything unsuitable online and this is part of their user agreement.
Please look carefully at any newsletters sent home, for any updates in communications that school has received regarding e-safety.
If you have any queries about an aspect of e-safety please contact Miss Farley (e-safety coordinator) via the office.
We stress that the school must work in partnership with parents around this area and welcome any information that you may have in order to keep all children safe online.
Age Appropriate Use of Social Media
Use of social media beyond the school day is the responsibility of parents. The school’s responsibility is to support pupils in making the right choices and keeping safe online. When children are reporting that they feel unsafe on line to adults in school, we will talk to pupils and parents where appropriate and if we suspect online grooming is taking place or a child is at risk in their use of social media we will report this to CEOP.
The school continues to provide many channels through which it enables pupils to learn about keeping safe online; assemblies, internet safety lessons, internet safety week events, specialist organisations invited into school such as NSPCC and theatre companies, and posters displayed by children.
The school also provides a wealth of information to parents including newsletters, e-safety information leaflets, parents information talks prior to class assemblies as well as links to keeping children safe on our own website.
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that the social media apps that children are using are age appropriate. The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent's permission.
Please help us to help you and your children. If you are allowing your under age child to use social media apps below the recommended age limit then please monitor their use and talk parent to parent if you have issues with your children’s chat to each other online out of school.
Below is some great advice that you can give your children about being on line
The internet is a brilliant place for learning, speaking to friends and family, and playing games. However, it is very important to understand how to use it safely and how to deal with any problems you may come across. Staying safe when using the internet and other new technologies is known as E-Safety.
E-Safety is not just about computers but also refers to other new technologies you can use to communicate with other people, such as mobile phones, iPads, iPods, and games consoles like XBOX 360s and PS4s.
Following these rules will help you to stay safe when you use the internet:
1. Never write any personal information about yourself on the internet – this includes your phone number, address, passwords and surname.
2. Only write kind, positive things about others online.
3. Never arrange to meet up with somebody you have met on the internet. Remember that if you haven’t met someone in real life, they’re still a STRANGER.
4. Always tell a responsible adult (like a parent, grandparent, older brother or sister, or a teacher in school) if you see anything on the internet which you find upsetting, offensive or in any way inappropriate. They will be able to help you.
5. NEVER add people as ‘friends’ on the internet unless you are friends with them in real life. This includes on sites and services like Bebo, Facebook, MSN/Windows Live Messenger and many more. These people are still STRANGERS.
Useful links online with information on how to keep your children safe online. There are links to help set up parental controls, and also to help make you aware why children could be at risk when using the internet or online devices.
This link gives you options to select particular devices you may want to protect, so for example if you want specific information on setting controls on a playstation there is information with simple step by step pictures to help you do so.
The link below has hyperlinks which direct you straight to the website of the system being used, for example if you select Playstation 3, it will direct you to the parental controls section of the Sony Playstation website.
How do I set up internet filters?
Each broadband service provider is different; however all have some form of filtering you can set. These can limit either whole content or individual web pages. We have created a page of some of the most widely used providers and their contact details.
Can children change the parental setting after they have been set up?
Each device is different; however most can be set to request a pin in order to make changes to settings. Here is a useful website, which includes a simple and straight forward step by step guide to setting parental controls. You can choose the specific device you are trying to protect.
What curriculum does the school follow?
Dane Royd covers E-Safety topics throughout a variety of lessons; teachers are however required to teach one discreet E-Safety lesson per half term. Pupils record one or two key points from these lessons. A register is taken at the start of each E-Safety lesson and pupils who are not present on that day are required to catch up. A link to the curriculum that Dane Royd follows is below.
Can school run workshops on setting up parental controls?
Each academic year we run a workshop focusing on assisting in setting up parental controls on a range of devices, parents were invited to bring in their device and together with two members of the E-Safety committee looked at different settings that ccould be put in place. If you are struggling with setting up these contols or would like some advice and guidance please do not hesitate to contact school and we will help in any way we can.
What is done in school to protect our children?
Before the children use the computers, laptops, fizz books or IPads the teacher recaps the school SMART e-safety rules (ThinkUKnow). All internet content goes through a strict filtering system of which the school can add website to if desired. For further details please see the school E-Safety policy which explains in greater detail how this is done.
Throughout the year the school runs a series of assemblies relating to keeping safe online, these are age appropriate and enhance the skills of the children to spot the dangers when using the internet, but also highlight the positive aspects of internet use.
The school works closely with outside organisations e.g. NSPCC and our local PCSO to draw on their wealth of knowledge in this area.