Our children are being exposed to the ever increasing technological world and many of them pick up technology at a faster rate than adults. However, they need not only the knowledge but also the wisdom of how to behave in the virtual world and at St. John the Baptist we feel that this is of paramount importance.
We follow an online safety curriculum which is also supported by our Computing scheme of work. In addition to this we aim to work in partnership with our parents to ensure that the safe and responsible use of technology is transferred from school to home.
Our school is part of the Safer Schools network which offers all staff, parents and pupils the opportunity to download and use the Safer Schools App. This is full of Online Safety Advice and also alerts users by push notifications of any current issues or guidance in relation to keeping yourselves and your children safe online. If you would like more information on setting yourself up with the Safer Schools App please contact Mrs Day on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the link to find out more.
At St.John the Baptist we pride ourselves on how well we use Pupil Voice within school. This is also true for Online Safety. We have a group of eCadets in KS2 that consist of two children per class. They are Online Safety Ambassadors and offer support and teach the staff and their peers about Online Safety. You can follow the eCadet link to find out more about what they do.
Guidance for Parents
We recently sent out an Online Safety Questionnaire to parents, we looked carefully at the responses and put together this Sway below that addresses anything that parents wanted more information on.
Visit the 'Think U Know' website for more top tips and online safety games and videos, It is also here that you can report any worrying behaviour that may have occured to yourself or your child whilst online.
A Parents Guide to Technology: The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers - BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
Safety Tools on Social Networks and other Online Services: Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people.
Online Gaming: Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online.
Music, Film, TV and the Internet: Childnet has also developed this guide with the music, film and television industries to inform parents, teachers and young people about how to stay safe and legal when enjoying entertainment on the internet or via a mobile device.
Young People and Social Networking Sites: Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks.
Video below is taken from the NSPCC website - A video about being 'Share Aware' online. We tell our children it is good to share but this does not apply online. Make your child aware today.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - a really useful site for parents that looks at lots of different apps/websites that children access, the site tells you more about them and shows you how to check the security settings.