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Welcome to this page, designed to give you some pointers on using technology safely. Included below is the draft school e-Safety policy, an agreement for you to read through about your own child/children's use of the internet, as well as some potentially useful links to websites that discuss Online Safety issues. More will be added as the term progresses so please keep an eye out for new documents and links.

Please find below a link to an advice site called ‘netaware’ which provides information about social media sites and highlights potential dangers.  If internet safety is an issue that you are worried about please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will do all we can to support you.

Net-aware

Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world. This site allows you to click on and understand the issues and possible dangers that your child might face if using a particular site.  Just put the name of the site your child is accessing into the search engine and click to see advice about the site, and what you can do to make your child’s use of the site safer.

www.net-aware.org.uk/

This article may be helpful if your child enjoys playing gaming sites, especially Minecraft.
Staying safe on Minecraft | ParentInfo

http://parentinfo.org/article/staying-safe-on-minecraft

Squirrels Heath Infant School 2016 Safer Internet Day Certificate

Online Safety Information for Parents

As computer and other communications technologies have developed, new dangers have emerged for all those who use them. 

Schools have a duty of care towards their pupils, above all to enable them to use the internet and other communication technologies safely

The steps we take:

  • we keep abreast of the latest developments
  • we have an appropriate Acceptable Internet Use Policy in place, linked to other school policies
  • our high-speed broadband connection is to the LGFL portal, a London wide organisation which provides secure e-mail and web filtering facilities, see their Online safety pages Here
  • staff are kept informed of new developments in technology
  • pupils are regularly reminded of the rules regarding internet use, sanctions are explained and used consistently when necessary
  • children are taught to use the web safely
  • children are not allowed use of mobile phones in school
  • children are not allowed to access chat rooms, message boards, messenger services or other 'social networking' websites in school
  • children are only allowed access to websites under direct teacher supervision

 

Other aspects of Online safety

Apart from the obvious threats to personal safety the internet involves other difficulties and dangers which the school also seeks to address through lessons on:

copyright, acknowledgement of sources, assessing the usefulness of websites, assessing the reliability of information on the internet, the importance of cross-checking, verification and comparison of information, the dangers of viruses and other downloadable threats, the importance of responsible use of passwords etc.

Guidance

We have used the following source in our work on Online safety:

CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

We also looked at the advice from Childnet international, a major international body concerned with child safety and the internet.

Other bodies providing advice,  additional information, guidance and activities for children:

The Prevent Strategy - An inportant read for all parents

How to childproof your iPad or Android tablet

ConnectedRogers.ca Editor-in-Chief Derek Malcolm demonstrates how you can childproof your tablet. Set restrictions and control what content your kids can access with these easy-to-follow tips.


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