Online Safety

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 ‘Suspicious Search Report’ is generated on a weekly basis and reviewed by Mr S Booth, 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.

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.

Resources and links

 

Online Safety Policy September 2022

Online Safety Progression

Staff Acceptable Use Agreement 2022/23

KS1 Pupil & Parent/ Carer Acceptable Use Agreement 2022/23

KS2 Pupil & Parent/ Carer Acceptable Use Agreement 2022/23

Safer Internet Day 2022

 

National Online Safety

 

We have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety- providing resources for all stakeholders.

The resources include courses, online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including:

·         Online Relationships

·         Fake Profiles & Social Bots

·         Online Bullying

·         Online Grooming

·         Child Sexual Exploitation

·         Sexual Harassment & Violence

·         Sexting

·         Live Streaming

·         Online Identity

·         Screen Addiction

·         Online Challenges

·         Overspending

·         Social Media Platforms

·         Online Gambling

·         Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism

·         Age Inappropriate Content

·         Copyright & Ownership

·         Hacking

·         Fake News

·         Online Fraud

·         Online Reputation

·         Personal Data

·         Pornography

·         Targeted Adverts & Pop-Ups

·         The Dark Web

·         Games & Trends

National Online Safety can be accessed via any device- including National Online Safety’s brand-new smartphone app. To download the app, please go to:

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/national-online-safety/id1530342372

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nationaleducationgroup.nos

Alternatively, search for ‘National Online Safety’ in the App Store/Google Play Store.

Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility

 

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:

 

The most recent guidance available to families is available below.

 

First Digital Steps

Parental Controls Handout

Parent Top Tips Safe Online Corona

Positive Internet Use

Screen Time Finding a Balance

Top Tips for Social Media