The development of new technology and the ease of access to the internet has undoubtedly changed our lives forever; from the ability to shop at the click of a button to being able to communicate with people across the globe. Never before has so much information been available at our finger tips.
We believe that by teaching children to be responsible digital citizens and helping them understand the benefits of accessing and using technology, as well as recognising the risks and how to report things if something goes wrong, our children will be prepared for life in the digital age.
In line with safeguarding policies we expect the whole of our school community to follow e-safety and acceptable use policies to protect individuals and the school from harm. This includes, but is not limited to, the protection of personal and sensitive information and never sharing images or videos without consent.
In order to keep us safe online all pupils who use a computer have had an agreement (Pupil Acceptable Use agreement) signed by parents or carers. We remind our children of the online safety rules whenever we use computers. If a child does not use a computer sensibly and follow the rules of this agreement both in and out of school then they may be banned from using a computer or offered limited access rights.
Our children are asked to sign an 'acceptable use policy'. Click below to view a copy of this.
By teaching our children critical thinking skills we are helping them to recognise if something is wrong and just as importantly what to do next. To help you understand what you can do to help keep your children safe online and what you should do if something goes wrong please see the following links:
Reporting inappropriate or concerning content online:
Information for parents/carers on how to protect children online:
EYFS and KS1 – sites to help educate young children about the safe use of the internet:
KS2 – sites to help educate older children about the safe use of the internet:
If you would like to speak to the school for more advice or have any concerns about the safety of a child online, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mr Thompson, the school’s IT co-ordinator.