At Arnold Mill Primary School we take safeguarding very seriously and extend our concerns to the safety of our children when using ICT. The Internet is an invaluable tool for life-long learning and communication, we just have to help our children learn to use this invaluable tool safely.
Children and young people are prone to the same kind of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identify theft) However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from accessing the internet, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them and exposure to inappropriate material.
In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online as well as an e-safety assembly every term. E-safety lies at the heart of our ICT planning and opportunities are built into our teaching time in order to equip children with the relevant skills to deal with any e-safety issues.
All our staff and children have signed an Acceptable Use Agreement in line with our esafety policy.
If you have any questions regarding E-Safety, we would be happy to help. Please come and talk to Mrs Leonard or Mrs James.
In Foundation Stage, we read a story about Smartie the Penguin. Click on the link below to read his story.
In KS1 and KS2 the children designed their own posters with words and phrases they thought were important to remember when using the internet. Take a look below at the posters.
E-safety website links to explore with your child
This is a good website to explore using the internet safely with your child. There are lots of e-safety activities and resources to explore, all using a child friendly approach.
CEOP's Thinkuknow programme provides a range of free educational resources - films, presentations, parental guidance, games and posters.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
UK Safer Internet Centre is a site where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators. They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.
The internet watch foundation works to minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content.
Lots of advice for children and how to stay safe while using the internet.
Advice for grown-ups about how they can stay safe online.
A charity in the UK established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.
Hector the Protector
Hector helps the children if they find anything upsetting or disturbing on the computers. He sits in the top right hand corner of the laptop screen and can be clicked on at any time. This then covers the screen with an underwater screen and gives the children chance to tell an adult about the issue. This can then be sorted quickly and effectively by the adult.