At St Francis Catholic Primary School we take safeguarding extremely seriously, this includes online safety. We live in an ever changing technological world where technology and the Internet is used extensively at home and also at school across all areas of the curriculum. Online safeguarding, known as e-safety is an area that is constantly evolving.
e-Safety is embedded into our curriculum; our children are given advice and guidance by all staff. Similarly all children are made aware how they can report areas of concern whilst at school or outside of school, what to do if they don’t feel comfortable about something they see on line and what to do if they feel bullied on line or see bullying taking place on line.
We recently handed out two e-safety questionnaires, one for the parents, and one for the children, the results of which can be found here and here. They’ve helped us set out our priorities, which are listed below:
ensuring children understand how they can keep their identities safe through the use of privacy settings
appropriate use of social media
pupils talking to parents about how they use mobile devices
filtering and monitoring software
how to monitor your children’s activity including use of social media
talking to children about online safety
Parents and Carers
Parents play an important role in the development of their children and as such we want to work together to ensure you have the skills and knowledge you need to ensure the safety of children outside the school environment.
We have provided some useful internet (eSafety) information and links below.
Meet ‘The Internet Eyes’
Meet our newly appointed E-safety ambassadors, also known as….The Internet Eyes! They will assist staff in areas involving internet safety. Helping to educate the children on how to stay safe online. Their job is to:
Arrange themed online safety assemblies once every half term.
Conduct online bullying assemblies.
To organise a special assembly on Safer Internet Day (SID) in February.
Help to run an e safety club.
Monitor the e safety displays in the classroom and ICT suite i.e. ensure that the SMART rules are on display.
Take part in e safety parent workshops.
Consult the views of all children and see if there are any concerns or issues they need to be aware of.
Help the e safety lead identify any areas of concern on social media, which may need to be mentioned in a termly e safety newsletter.
Meet with the e safety governor to update him with information regarding e safety in the school.
“Being an E-safety ambassador is great! We get to help everyone at school be safe on the internet. Our first goal is to present different powerpoints to the children and help them understand the dangers of the internet.”
The Eyes gave their first presentation to KS2 recently, check out their presentation below:
Popular Social Networking Sites and Games that your Child May be Using
App that allows you to send a photo or video to friends instantly. Content only lasts as long as the creator wishes and will then delete itself. The user is notified if any recipient makes copies of content.
Minimum Age: 13
A video and picture sharing app that allows people to post comments and share.
Minimum Age 13
Allows you to view, create and share videos. Encourages the user to ‘subscribe’ to other users’ content, known as ‘channels’. ‘Youtube kids’ is a child friendly version.
Minimum Age: 16
An app that uses the internet to send text and multimedia messages. Allows ‘group chats’ for more than one person. Often used to send media messages without incurring extra charges.
Minimum Age: 13
Social networking site that encourages the user to connect and share content with family and friends. Facebook accounts can be often used to sign up to other websites and online services.
Minimum Age: None
A computer game that allows the user to ‘mine’ materials and ‘craft’ objects. To access certain online social features for under 13’s parents must provide permission.
Minimum Age: 9
A free-to-play, location-based game that combines GPS tracking with ‘augmented reality’ to allow the player to capture fictional animals in real life locations through their device’s screen.
Minimum Age: 8
A website that allows the user to create their own games, share them with others and in turn play games that other users have created.
Minimum Age: 13
A website that contains a large number of free to play games and allows users to send messages and comment on other users’ games.
Minimum Age: 8
A website/game that allows you to create a famous movie star character that can interact with other users. You can play games and watch videos.