Pupils are taught how to stay safe when using the internet. The 'stop, get off, and tell' approach is a mantra that pupils know well. They are able to articulate clearly the dangers of talking online and they know how to protect themselves when using the internet.
Computing in the Twenty-First Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults alike. New technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information.
Thus, e-Safeguarding is a demonstrably necessary ethos to adopt across all practice that involves computing in one way or another. Creating a safe computing learning environment includes three main elements at our School:
- ensuring there is an appropriate range of technological tools
- instituting policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities
- delivering a comprehensive e-Safeguarding education programme for pupils, with staff and parents and carers kept fully informed about internet e-safeguarding and the acceptable use of the school’s and children’s own computing equipment
Many children are very familiar with the culture of new technologies, but their perceptions of the risks may not be mature; our rules for e-safeguarding need to be explained and discussed. e-Safeguarding is a part of every subject at Someries Infant and Nursery School since computers are used across the curriculum. Children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of e-safeguarding issues are developed through the ‘Electronic Communication’ element of our ICT curriculum which covers both School and home use. We have included e-safeguarding in our computing curriculum to ensure that, by the end of key stage one, every child has been educated about safe and responsible use. Children need to know how to control and minimise online risks and how to report a problem.
Someries Infant and Nursery School actively strives to be at the forefront of educational technology to ensure that the computing experiences and abilities that the children are equipped with are effective and transferable life skills. To reflect this position, we have invested heavily in computing technologies. Our developing range of resources consists of desktop computers, laptop computers and tablet computers. All of these devices are connected to our wireless network and therefore have continuous access to the Internet.
Despite recognising the enormous benefits that continuous access to the internet has on children’s learning, we also recognise that there are concerns regarding children having access to undesirable material. In an attempt to combat these risks, our internet service provider operates a comprehensive filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate material.
We believe that developing your child’s knowledge and understanding of the safest and most responsible ways of using the Internet and electronic communications is essential for them to grow up safely in the Twenty-First Century.
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles. But social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.
Click here to read a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media
We use the Hector's World Safety Button to help protect your child when they are using computers in school. Hector is a dolphin who swims in the top right-hand corner of our computer screens.
Children are taught to click on Hector if they see something that makes them feel confused or scared when they are using a computer as part of their learning. Hector then covers the screen while your child gets help from their teacher.
Download the Hector Protector Safety Button for your own computer
View the Hector's World cartoons
Internetmatters.org is a fantastic website containing a wealth of information to support you in keeping your child safe online. Amongst other things, it supports you in using safe search on Google and YouTube and checking age-ratings on online games to make sure they're suitable. It also provides information about how to set up parental controls on your internet devices at home. Click on the logo above to visit the site.
Use the guides below to help keep your child safe online:
esafety tips for parents or carers of 0-5 years olds
esfafety tips for parents or carers of 6-10 years olds
'Set Up Safe' checklist
Online safety guide
You and your child can learn more about e-Safeguarding by exploring these websites: