As a school, we have a responsibility to ensure that all pupils and staff are aware of e-safety issues and practice safe procedures at all times. We also recognise the importance of sharing e-safety information with parents/ carers.
In order to fulfil our responsibilities, our internet access in school is filtered using a highly advanced filtration system and all internet activity is monitored closely by the e-safety co-ordinator. Children and parents together sign an Acceptable Use Agreement before they use the computers in school.
However, we acknowledge that in addition to keeping children safe on the internet in school, we must also give children the fundamental skills to keep themselves safe online. In light of this, each year group dedicates their first term of computing to e-safety- covering content which is tailored to the needs of each year group.
In addition to this, we conduct an annual e-safety questionnaire which we use to ascertain children's current understanding of e-safety and to highlight areas which our e-safety teaching needs to focus on to ensure that the children have a programme of work which is tailored to their individual needs. We also have regular e-safety assemblies led by our ICT co-ordinator.
Educating children is important but equally ensuring parents have a full understanding of potential e-safety issues is something that we also regard as an essential part of our duty. We therefore run annual e-safety workshops for parents and are always willing to give guidance and support on e-safety issues to any parent that asks. The following link it for a parents guide to E-safety. It covers what you need to know about different devices your children may have access to.
Information regarding e-safety for both children and parents can also be found on the websites below.