Ofsted describes e-safety as a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.
At Sherington we take the safeguarding of pupils and staff seriously. We work to ensure that we are helping to create safer environments for pupils, staff and families on-line as well as off.
Enabling pupils to take full advantage of technology and preparing them for the real world whilst providing a safe environment is a tricky balancing act. Locked-down systems that exert total control over what students can access online provides no opportunity for them to learn how to become digitally responsible.
Protecting students means providing a safe learning environment by using appropriate monitoring and filtering to control what pupils can access while at school. But, this only protects them while they are on school premises. Education around e-safety is the only way to ensure that, wherever they are, they know how to stay safe online.
As a learning community, the school works in conjunction with parents to educate and safeguard pupils and families.
Parents or children can use the ‘CEOP’ button on the top right corner to report concerns directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre who are dedicated to protecting children from harm online and offline.
Parents should also raise any concerns about online safety with the school office.
UPDATE 1.3.19: Momo Challenge
It came to our attention that there was potentially a new game or so-called ‘challenge’ that has appeared in the media and has been circulating around. It has recently been reported as a hoax, although there is inappropriate content that can be viewed online when searched. As a school, we want to ensure the safety of our pupils and school community. Please speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns; any incidents will be dealt with on a case by case basis and not as a whole class or assembly.
Ensuring children understand the potential risks online and providing e-safety education is an on-going and long term process. Safe use of the internet is embedded into our school and computing curriculum (e.g. making E-Safety websites, presentations and movies) with the aim to help children have an intrinsic understanding of the benefits and risks of the internet. We appreciate that the evolving world of social media and internet gaming is a difficult area for parents and carers to manage. Here are some key tips for helping to monitor content and internet use whether it is the online gaming, a hoax, everyday use or the next potential craze or challenge:
For more information on parental controls and online safety, please see below.
The link below covers the main free services available from companies such as Norton to UK ISPs as well as the services already built in to most operating systems. It considers and looks at how parents can actually get the most use from these services, for example where they don’t do everything, as well as how they could help to prevent or at least detect cyberbullying.
Here is also a article looking into the effectiveness of filtering software, that highlights how parents need to be parents online as well as offline.
*The links below have been provided as a resource for parents and may not be suitable for primary aged children.
General Online Safety
http://internetmatters.org Great starting point. Lots of practical advice
Anti-bullying top tips:
Set restrictions on an Android device
Set restrictions on iPad or iPhone
Google safety tools:
Set Safety Mode on YouTube:
Windows and Mac:
Windows 7 – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/set-up-family-safety#set-up-family-safety=windows-7
Windows 8 – http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034649/how-to-enable-family-safety-features-in-windows-8.html
Windows 10 – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-10/set-up-family-after-upgrade
Mac Computer Safety – http://www.macworld.com/article/1151943/parentalcontrols.html
Reporting abuse on Xbox live
Parental controls on Xbox 360:
Xbox One Core Family Safety Features:
Xbox One Security Features:
Reporting abuse on Playstation network:
Parental controls on Playstation 3:
Parental controls on Playstation 4: