Pupils at Grimsargh St Michael’s Church of England Primary School have access to a range of online materials that enrich and extend teaching and learning opportunities. The benefits to teaching and learning are many and varied. Pupils will be given clear objectives for internet use and will access material under guidance from their class teacher. Teachers will supervise pupils and take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users only access material appropriate to their learning.
Grimsargh St Michael’s pupils are taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. Pupils are taught to identify where to go for help and support, and when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Filtering and virus protection is carried out via Netsweeper and Sophos AV, the school has control of assignments and filtering policies, excluding categories that are deemed inappropriate by default.
We also monitor online activity of staff, children and visitors to St Michael’s Primary School. Any concerns that arise are reported immediately to our Online Safety Leader (Miss E Threlfall) and our Designated Safeguarding Leader and Headteacher (Mr Stuart Booth).
A report is also generated on a weekly basis and reviewed by our Online Safety Leader and DSL/ Headteacher. Action is taken immediately to address any concerns that arise- in line with our Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Equalities, Safeguarding and/ or PREVENT policies and procedures. This information is then shared on a weekly basis, as needed, with staff during the teaching assistant briefing and staff meeting. Any action that arises from this is reported to the Governing Body.
We believe in working closely with our parents to support pupils in developing safe practice when using online technology and therefore provide updates through our website, newsletter and parent workshops.
Keep your child safe online
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
Talk to your child about the importance of creating a safe online environment, including keeping any log-in details and passwords safe. These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
- Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) – resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
- Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP – support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre – tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online – you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Inclusive Digital Safety Hub and Online Safety Hub, created by South West Grid for Learning in partnership with Internet Matters – support and tailored advice for young people with additional learning needs and their parents or carers
- Parents’ Guide to Age Ratings explains how the British Board of Film Classification rates content, and gives parents advice on choosing online content well.
The most recent guidance available to families is available below.