At Saltergate we understand our responsibilities of protecting all our children and educating the whole school about our use of technology in reference to online safety and any e-safety issues.
According to the 'Keeping children safe in education: for schools and colleges' policy the Department for Education states that the issues in online safety can be put into three areas of risk:
As a school we have to make sure we use appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place to protect all the children in school. We have to consider the age range of all our pupils, the number of pupils and how often as a school we access the IT systems. We also make sure that all our members of staff regularly update their training on safeguarding as well as ensuring all the children are taught about online safety.
Our E-Safety policy aims to ensure that all pupils:
What have we been doing?
Across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2 we enjoyed a visit from the NSPCC and the ‘Stay Safe Speak out’ Campaign.
Speak out Stay safe is offered to schools to teach children about safeguarding in a lively, interactive and memorable way. With the help of their mascot Buddy, the child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops help children understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs and know how to protect themselves. This also included how children can stay safe online too.
In Key Stage One we have been watching a series of short videos from 'Hectors World' on the 'ThinkUKnow' website that help the children to understand how important it is not to release any personal information online as well as learning how to use a computer safely.
There are six short videos to watch with each one having an important message to take a way and learn from.
Episode 1: Details, Details.
Episode 2: Welcome to the Carnival.
Episode 3: It's a serious game.
Episode 4: The info gang.
Episode 5: Heroes.
Episode 6: You're not alone.
Click on the link below to see what Hector and his friends have been getting up to as well as checking out some of the fun e-safety activities too.
Following on from watching the short videos about Hector and his friends the year twos have been making posters on 'how to stay safe online' as well as producing pieces of writing too. These pieces of work have meant the children have had to have lots of discussions with their teachers and friends on how they would keep themselves safe when exploring online at school and at home.
Some of the posters made by the Year two children.
Some ideas about how to stay safe online.
In the Infant School we recently did some work on E-Safety using 'The adventures of Smartie The Penguin' story. This story helps the children to be aware of how to keep themselves safe when using the internet. This coincided with World Safer Internet Day which was on Tuesday 6th February.
All the children worked hard answering questions about internet safety and listened carefully to the story.
If you click on the link below it will take you to the same story of Smartie the Penguin.
Smartie the Penguin has an amazing song that all the children know which helps them to stay safe on the internet. Have a look below to see the song.
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In Key Stage Two we also had a visit from the NSPCC and they spoke to all the children about staying safe in everyday life as well as on line. Following on from this visit all the children have been doing pieces of work on 'how to keep themselves safe'.
The children taking part in the visit from the NSPCC
More information regarding online safety can also be found at: