Teaching online safety
At Sudley Infant School we teach the children about online safety through our Computing curriculum. This is reinforced at various points throughout the school year within assemblies, PSHE sessions and focused safeguarding activities. We are also registered with eCadets.
Children have questionnaires to fill in to express how safe they feel online and how we can ensure children remain as safe as possible. We also ensure during school council sessions we include the pupils’ voice so the children are able to have an input on how we can ensure they remain safe online.
We take part in Safer internet day each year which includes practical lessons on how to remain safe online and what online identity means. As part of ensuring children remain safe online we have created a computing charter. Throughout each year in school the children learn about what it means to be safe online to reduce these risks. This is discussed at the start of every computing lesson.
Reception children are taught to Tell:
Tell an adult at home what device you are playing on.
Tell an adult if someone tries to connect with you online.
Tell an adult if you see something that worries you online.
Year 1 children are taught to use the Never rules:
Never give your personal information to anyone online.
Never meet up with anyone you met online.
Never trust everything you read online.
Year 2 children are taught the Always rules:
Always keep personal information such as your birthday or address private online.
Always make sure you only connect with your real friends online and do not arrange to meet anyone online.
Always check with an adult before opening an email or message, even ones from a friend as they could contain a virus.
Always double check things you read on the internet, not everything online is a fact.
We teach the children about the SMART rules and display them in Key Stage 1 classrooms.
IN EYFS we introduce children to safe use of equipment and discuss the eSafety tips shown on the posters that are displayed in classrooms.
eCadets is an age-appropriate e-safety curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest; that is used to promote e-safety through teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety. The eCadets curriculum provides us with a range of online safety activities which we use alongside other online safety lessons and activities to ensure children understand how to remain safe when online.
Some of the children in each class are chosen as eCadet representatives and these children lead other children working through specific tasks each term to achieve awards. Some of the tasks are completed as a whole class, others are done by every member of the class and some tasks are only completed by the eCadets.
Online safety information for parents
Whilst helping your child learn from home. We understand that you may be using the internet as a learning tool. However, not all web pages contain appropriate content for your child. If you need support or guidance, please access one of the following links.
Internet matters, London Grid for Learning, Net-aware, Parent info, Thinkuknow and the UK Safer Internet Centre.
We hold an annual online safety parent briefing. If you were unable to attend the most recent session the presentation can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
There are many organisations that have produced guidance for parents with advice about keeping children safe online. The guidance below was produced by the NSPCC.
Other useful websites include:
Broadband providers also publish advice about parental controls on their websites and usually include an easy to follow guide .
Merseyside Police have provided a link parents can go to for advice about online safety. The page covers many aspects of staying safe on the internet.
Social media guidelines for parents, carers and governors
Sudley Infant School understands the benefits of using social media; however if misused, the school community can be negatively affected, such as by damaging the school’s reputation. The guidelines in the policy set out clear points for how we advise parents, carers and governors to conduct themselves on social media such as Facebook, Twitter or blogging sites and when using messenger apps, such as WhatsApp. These guidelines have been produced by a working party of staff and governors including parent governors.
This school asks its whole community to promote the 3 commons approach to online behaviour:
- Common courtesy
- Common decency
- Common sense
The complete policy can be downloaded below: