What happens for the children at school
Within school, children are encouraged to maximise the benefits and opportunities that technology has to offer. We ensure that children learn in an environment where security measures are balanced appropriate with the need to learn effectively. At Thurton, we aim to equip children with the schools and knowledge of how to use technology appropriately and responsibly.
We teach children how to recognise the risks association with technology and how to deal with them, both within and outside the school environment.
- We use CEOP resources, including video resources to enhance our message of how to keep safe. This training is undertaken yearly across the school with Mr Barber and Mrs Williams (both CEOP trained) as guides. Cyberbullying is covered during these lessons and the children have clear protocols of how to report any incidents.
- All the children are involved in Safer Internet Day in February.
- Every second year, the children in years 5/6 make a “play in the day” about internet safety which they share with the children, members of the community and families in the afternoon assembly. This allows the children to explore in an age related way appropriate safety issues for themselves and other children within school. Children understand who to and how to report any issues.
- There is an ESafety display board outside the Headteacher office, so children and families have an opportunity to be reminded of what was learnt from their ESafety activities and how to keep safe both at school and home.
Family E-Safety briefings
The school works closely with all families and offers a yearly on E-Safety day (2nd Tuesday of the 2nd Month), E-Safety briefing for families are held at both 2pm and 6pm to ensure that as many families as possible are able to attend. This briefing keeps families up to date with how to use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school. Information for parents is also on the E-Safety board for all parents to see.
Yearly, the staff systematically review and develop e-safety requirement linked to what is happening within the school both curriculum based and due to new technological purchases. This includes attending training, including CEOP accredited and attend National conferences about Child Online Internet Safety run by CEOP, to keep up to date with new developments, to ensure that they can help develop their own, parents and children’s understanding of E-Safety within their classes. There is a whole school consistent approach to ensuring that all staff – teaching and non-teaching can recognise and are aware of e-safety issues. It is regarded as a priority across all areas of the school and the school is working towards an E-Safety Mark.
The members of staff for E-Safety are Mr Barber and Mrs Scorey, the governor responsible is Mr Neville Whiting.
There is a clear outline of conduct that is expected of the children and they know of how to report if there are any issues.
We teach the children to be safe and expect them to follow the rules below to protect themselves and their friends.
- I will only use ICT in school for school purposes.
- I will not tell other people my ICT passwords.
- I will only open/delete my own files.
- I will make sure that all ICT contact with other children and adults is responsible, polite and sensible.
- I will not deliberately look for, save or send anything that could be unpleasant or nasty. If I accidentally find anything like this I will tell my teacher immediately.
- I will not give out my own details such as my name, phone number or home address. I will not arrange to meet someone unless this is part of a school project approved by my teacher and a responsible adult comes with me.
- I will be responsible for my behaviour when using ICT because I know that these rules are to keep me safe.
- I will use the internet sensibly and safely and I have permission to use the internet at school from my parents/ carers.
- I know that my use of ICT can be checked and that my parent/ carer contacted if a member of school staff is concerned about my e-Safety.
Policies – the school has a E-Safety policy and procedures which are regularly updated and ratified by governors. The E-Safety policy also have an Acceptable Usage Policy which is signed by pupils, parents and staff on a yearly basis, to ensure that it contains the most up to date information possible. ESafety Policy 2014
Education – the curriculum is flexible, relevant and engages pupil’s interests.
Infrastructure – the school uses the Norfolk County Council recommended filtering service through BT and it has age related filtering that is activity monitored.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Explore e-safety sites – if you click on any of the above links, these will take you to site which can help you with E-Safety.
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace – Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Skoodle, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
- Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Vodafone Parents – Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their ‘Digital Parenting‘ magazine.
- Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.