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 ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education- Online Safety’

 Keeping children safe online is essential. We teach our children, amongst other things, to keep their log-in credentials and passwords safe. It is important that parents and carers are aware of what their child is being asked to do online, including which sites they are being asked to use and which school staff their child will interact with. Developing a dialogue with your child about online safety is essential and should include:

-Talking about not accessing age-inappropriate material on devices

-Knowing who your child is talking to online

-Setting up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices

The following information provides further guidance about how to keep children safe online:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

Staff at Westbury Infant School adhere to the statutory guidance in the document, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ which was updated in July 2021 to include information on how to protect pupils online.  The guidance includes resources (Annex C) to provide support for:

*Safe remote education

*Virtual Lessons

*Live streaming

*Parents and carers to keep children safe online

 

At Westbury Infant School, we learn about the importance of Online Safety.

This is taught through discussion, drama, stories and other activities. Children are taught what to do if they experience something they don’t like online and where to seek advice both at home and in school.

(Image courtesy of EiS Kent and Kent CC).

 

 

 

COVID Online Safety information

DfE Guidance for Online Safety During School Closures

The DfE have published new safeguarding guidance, including specific Online Safety guidelines, for schools and colleges to refer to during Covid-19 arrangements. 

The Online Safety section can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers#online-safety-in-schools-and-colleges

Top Tips for Home Learning and Online Safety guides

Click on these links for more information:

Support for parents and carers during schools closures

During school closures, it will be particularly helpful for families to have access to guidance and support to keep each other healthy and safe with technology. These suggestions could be shared via your school website or social media:

Childline's Calm Zone

Many children and adults have times when they find it tricky to stay calm. Childline have launched a new area of their website to help. Their Calm Zone includes:

  • Activities
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Expressing Yourself
  • Yoga Videos
  • Games
  • Ways to cope videos

and is free to use.at: 

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

Online Safety at Home Resources

The education team at Thinkuknow have launched new #OnlineSafetyAtHome resources to support schools and families during Covid-19 closures. The packs, which are released every fortnight, include 15 minute activities parents and carers can do with their child to support their online safety at home and are all for all age groups. 

Thinkuknow have also published social media support resources to help schools share Online Safety resources with their families.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/onlinesafetyathome-resources 

DigiSafe Undressed Campaign

The 'Undressed' campaign from Digisafe is designed to give the youngest primary age children age-appropriate messages about not getting changed or undressed online. Research shows that young children can be tricked or coerced through games and challenges to remove their clothes in front of a camera, which is why it is essential that this message is communicated even at this early age.

Digisafe have released a new animation and other resources to support their already existing materials. Find the new resources and more information about why this campaign is so important at:  https://undressed.lgfl.net/

Parental Controls Booklet

The Internet is an essential element of 21st century life for education, business and social interaction, and we have a duty to provide our children with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.

We believe that teaching our children how to stay safe when using the Internet is an extremely important part of this experience.

In school children are taught about Online Safety as part of the Computing Curriculum. In FS and KS1 children are taught about protecting personal details and how to use the internet responsibly

Below is a website that you may find useful if you need to seek support or advice.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/training-events/online-safety-live

Each term we hope to send an Online Safety newsletter to parents/carers.

If you are worried about something that has happened while you or your children have been online and need help, children - talk to your parents first, then click on the button below and you can share your concerns safely with CEOP - The Internet Police.

CEOP 

If you would like to find out more about keeping your child/ren safe, see out newsletters below for more information.

Termly Online Safety Newsletters: Academic Year 2021-22

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Termly Online Safety Newsletters: Academic Year 2020-21

Academic Year 2020/2021

Academic Year 2019/2020

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.

The next Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 8th February 2022.

Websites used in school:

Foundation/KS1

DigiDuck App - you can download this app for Apple here or Android here.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Online Safety Policy

We have an IT/Online safety policy with is agreed by staff and governors. You can access the policy here.

As part of our admissions process, parents are asked to sign our Acceptable Use form , this form is also included as part of the prospectus.

Useful websites

https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-ultimate-parent-guide-for-child-internet/

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.childnet.com

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

Safe search engine for children

http://primaryschoolict.com/

 

Vodafone Digital Parenting – resources on setting up electronic devices and using the internet

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html

 

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

ConnectSafely.org is an organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security.

http://www.connectsafely.org/about-us/

 

BBC Web wise

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/a-z/

 

Free advice on being safe online

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

 

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online.

http://www.internetmatters.org/

 

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.

http://www.internetmatters.org/

 

Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

 

Setting up filters

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls

Parents' Guide

https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/keep-children-safe-online/