The Woodland Federation - E-Safety for Parents
E-safety is a vital part of children’s education and wider life in today’s modern world and, at both Winkleigh and Kings Nympton Primary, we aim to embed this in the children’s learning at school.
We want to provide advice, support and information to both our children and their parents with the aim of improving their understanding of e-safety issues so that they can learn to use digital media and the internet safely and securely both at home and at school.
Here are the Links for the Government’s advice:
Department for Education Advice on Cyberbullying – Department for Education Advice on Cyberbullying
Department for Education Advice for Parents – Department for Education Advice for Parents
Computing and ICT are both important statutory areas of the curriculum that your child will be taught weekly. We are also very lucky to have a large amount of ICT resources that will be used in lessons across the curriculum as well. The children are taught to use the internet for research and how to apply their critical thinking skills to the materials that they find. We firmly believe that the internet is an incredible educational tool that our children should learn to use safely.
We also take the prospect of children inadvertently accessing undesirable materials seriously. South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) provide the schools with a filter that restricts inappropriate content.
We also provide the children in Key Stage 2 with a ‘Safe Usage Charter’ that they are expected to sign. The charter is updated and discussed in class at the start of each academic year. We want the children to understand our expectations and understand the federation’s rules. This is also available to view on our website.
The office and the staff room are the only two places on the school sites that mobile phones can be used. We do not allow children to bring mobile phones to school or on any trips that they might be part of. The same is true of tablets and laptops that the children may own. As part of the Federation’s safeguarding procedures, cameras and digital cameras are not allowed on the school sites either – unless they have been declared to the Admin team. This policy is to safeguard the children and the adults concerned.
As a parent or guardian, we are sure you know how important the internet is to children – they use it to play, socialise, express themselves and learn. It is an incredible resource with equally incredible opportunities for your child to be creative and enjoy themselves. However, there are well documented issues that could occur involving bullying, illegal or inappropriate content and contact with strangers.
We have a checklist on our website that you may wish to use in order to decrease any potential risks. There is also a monthly newsletter from our ICT partners SCOMIS, below.
As a Federation, we would also suggest that you talk to your child about using the internet safely whilst at home. Here is a list of conversation starters you may wish to use (taken from www.childnet.com) –
* Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
* Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
* Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
* Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
* Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
Here is a list of resources and websites that we would recommend should you wish to research this further: * www.childnet.com * www.ceop.police.uk * www.swgfl.org.uk * www.internetmatters.org * www.saferinternet.org.uk * www.antibullyingpro.com * www.scomis.org.uk * www.nspcc.org.uk/netaware
* The legal age to own an account on most social media sites is 13. This includes Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitch.
* Fortnite is deemed not suitable for children under 12 years of age (according to the ESRB).
* Grand Theft Auto, PlayerUnkown Battleground (PUBG), Apex, Overwatch and Call of Duty are all rated by the ERSB as being suitable for children of 15 years and above.