At Newcomen Primary School we work with staff, pupils and parents / carers to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to gain access to social media sites where strangers can virtually enter into their homes.
As a result, it is essential that we all know how to stay safe online.
Our school community –
- Discusses, monitors and reviews our e-safety policy on a regular basis.
- Supports staff in the use of ICT as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of e-safety across the whole school curriculum.
- Ensures that pupils are aware, through e-safety education, of the potential e-safety risks associated with the use of ICT. Additionally, we ensure that all e-safety concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively and that pupils feel able and safe to report incidents, in line with our e-safety reporting procedures.
- Provides opportunities for parents/carers to receive e-safety education and information to enable them to support their children in developing good e-safety behaviour. The school will report back to parents / carers regarding esafety concerns. Parents/carers in turn work with the school to uphold the e-safety policy.
- Seeks to learn from e-safety good practice elsewhere and utilises the support of the LA and relevant organisations.
Our E-Safety Coordinator (Mr E Jones DHT) has gained EPICT and CEOP accreditations. Our Computing coordinator (Mr P Fleming) has gained the EPICT accreditation.
A standalone EPICT certificate, this 15 hour course considers ways to balance benefits and risk online, ultimately leading to a safe and productive educational experience for the children and young people involved.
The Ambassador course provides an in-depth look at the issues children and young people may face in their online life and how professionals can educate them about the opportunities and risks. The course:
- Develops understanding of how young people use the internet and mobile technology
- Describes how offenders use the online environment
- Identifies risk taking behaviour of young people online, including digital footprints, sexting and access to inappropriate content.
- Provides the delegate with Thinkuknow materials to train other professionals about the issues.
Here are links to useful websites where you can learn more about being safe on the Internet:
Information for Children:
Information for Parents and Carers
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Vodafone Parents – Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine.
Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK
Parentzone – Provides expert information and resources to help make the internet work for families.
Childnet – Advice and resources to help parents and carers keep children safe online.
Internet Matters – Help for parents on how to keep their children safe online
UKCCIS – The UK Council for Child Internet Safety’s website
Net Aware – NSPCC advice for parents
Commonsensemedia – Independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the school.
Safer Internet Day
E-Safety Poster KS2
E-Safety Poster KS1
How to safeguard children from sexting
Parents and Carers E-Safety factsheet