We consider online safety a fundamental building block of digital literacy.
We have extensive security measures in place, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
For our Early Years we use the NSPCC’s Pants rule, which you can find guidance on below. Annual ‘hands up’ surveys are carried out to further explore what the children are accessing online and healthy friendships online are explored through circle time.
For our Prep Years we continue to use the NSPCC’s guidance along with ‘Smartie the Penguin,’ the school’s mascot for online safety. Teachers use PSHEE lessons to discuss online safety issues with pupils and annual surveys are carried out to further explore what the children are accessing online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work in partnership with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can stay safe and behave appropriately online.
As part of our participation in the Speak Out Stay Safe programme, our colleagues from the NSPCC have delivered workshops and assemblies to our Prep children as well as an online workshop session for parents.