Online Safety

What is ‘Online Safety’? It can also be called ‘internet safety’, ‘e-safety’ or ‘web safety’. Online safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g. text messages, gaming devices, email, etc).

In practice, online safety is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security. Online safety in this context is classified into three areas of risk: 

  • Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; 

  • Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; 

  • Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

 

The electronic safety of our pupils is taken very seriously; we have a curriculum in place which helps us to ensure we are providing the children with meaningful and relevant opportunities to develop their understanding of internet safety, thereby enabling them to be confident and empowered digital citizens.

 

Some of the key areas covered within our e-safety curriculum are:

  • The meaning of cyber-bullying and its consequences and outcomes;

  • The importance of privacy settings and keeping passwords safe;​

  • The pitfalls of sharing photographs and videos;

  • The phrase ‘Think before you send’;

  •  The hidden costs of app usage and in-app purchasing;

  •  How a digital footprint can be created;

  •  Developing an understanding of ‘the person behind the profile’ – everything is not always as it seems;

  •  The impact of our online voice on others;

  • how to tell whether the information we read online is fact, fiction or fake;

  • understanding copyright, plagiarism and the importance of not uploading other people’s images or content without their permission.

Useful websites for parents wanting advice about online safety

Useful Guides

Available to download below are several useful guides about parental controls published by the UK Safer Internet Centre. 
These offer top tips for the safer use of smartphones, gaming devices and other Internet enabled devices.

Online Safety Documents

The documents below contain advice on how to help your children stay safe online

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