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Online Safety

Online Safety

E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Eastwood Village Primary School. Access the internet is closely controlled and monitored internally and externally. Any issues that do arise are always logged via C-POMs and the safeguarding team are informed.

E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. It is taught extensively through our PSHE lessons and also through external visits from Google Legends and the NSPCC.

Our children participate in Enrichment Weeks including this year’s Mental Health Week which is focussing upon e-Safety and healthy online relationships. Also, we participate in the NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ programme; who deliver an informative online workshop session for our pupils. Please follow the link below for further advice and guidance on how to keep your child safe online.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/

 

Why is it important to be E-Safe?

There are many dangers on the internet. Strangers, computer viruses, inappropriate content and adverts can all provide a danger to our children online. Our children need to be aware of how they can enjoy the internet without compromising their safety and how they can manage the dangers that they face online. Whether it is by ignoring or reporting strangers, using anti-virus software, being sensible with searches or ignoring SPAM e-mails, we need to ensure that our children know how to think SMART.

How do we think ‘SMART’ when online?

SMART stands for: Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable, Tell.

SAFE: Be safe with what you post online. Make sure that you do not post personal information about yourself online.

MEETING: Never meet anybody from the online world that you don’t know in real life – they’re still a stranger.

ACCEPTING: Don’t accept emails, attachments and requests from people you don’t know. Block them or delete them.

RELIABLE: Always remember that people can lie online. They may not be reliable.

TELL: If something or someone is worrying you online, tell someone. You can tell a parent, a teacher, a friend or if it is serious you can tell the police or CEOP by using the Report Abuse button.

E-Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – Internet Matters

Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (internetmatters.org)

ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP.  There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.

https://parentzone.org.uk/

 

For any more useful websites that can help keep your child safe, please refer to the useful websites tab in the ‘PSHE’ section of the school website.