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Consultation Document-Online Safety Policy March 2017

The Department for Education published the revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in May 2016 (which became active from 5th September 2016) for schools and colleges in England. Amongst the revisions, schools are obligated to “ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system” however, schools will need to “be careful that “overblocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.” Filtering systems are only ever a tool in helping to safeguard children when online and schools have an obligation to “consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum”.

 

At All Saints' CE Primary School we believe that educating our children about being safe online is very important.  As part of our Computing curriculum all children, from Foundation Stage to Year Six, are educated about on-line safety;  focusing on identifying some of the risks about being online and how to keep themselves safe.The manner in which we safeguard children with regards to online safety meets the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

   

In school we have clear rules about using the internet and these are displayed in every classroom:

  

 Posters are displayed in our classrooms and the ICT suite about on-line safety.  The rules are regularly discussed with the children by their class teachers. Our home school agreement makes clear that children should follow these rules at home, by being responsible when using the internet. We define being responsible as putting into practice what they are taught in school with regards to keeping themselves safe.

 

Online Safety policies and procedures

The school has an online safety policy which is agreed by staff and governors, and writen in consultation with parents and children.  This policy can be accessed within the policies section of our key information area.

 

Parents of pupils in KS1 are asked to sign Responsible Internet Use permission slips on behalf of their children to use the internet and have work published on the school website.  Parents of KS2 children are also asked to sign the Responsible Internet Use permission slip and KS2 pupils also sign and agree to follow the rules too.  A copy of our User Agreement Policy can be found within the policies section of our key information area.

 

Websites for parents

There are many other websites that you can explore with your child and also sites that have information and guidance for parents to keep children safe on-line at home.  Below are a selection of some of these:

 

Lancashire Children's Safeguarding Board-a detailed brocuhudre for all re online safety.

http://www.lancashiresafeguarding.org.uk/online-safeguarding/overview.aspx

Think you know's website for parents and carers: 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ 

Vodaphone had begun a Digital Parenting Interactive Magazine which can be viewed using the following link:

 

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

 

Childnet have a website with separate sections for children and parents:

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/

For children CBBC have created a site called CBBC Stay Safe which can be accessed with the following link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

EE have created a very informative website for parents supporting their children with e-safety.

http://explore.ee.co.uk/digital-living/keeping-children-safe

 

Nintendo have created information for parents to help keep children safe while playing computer games online:

http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Parents/Parents-642522.html

 

NSPCC 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/ 

UK Safer Internet Centre

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Supporting Young People online

Help and guidance sheet for parents and carers

http://dwn5wtkv5mp2x.cloudfront.net/ufiles/Supporting-young-people-online.pdf

https://ceop.police.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

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