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.
We took part in 'Safer Internet Day 2017' on Tuesday 9th February. We had a whole school assembly thinking about what we can do make the internet a safer place. Each class also spent a lesson talking about the importance of e-safety and discussing the 'SMART' rules that Arnold Mill Primary School uses too.
www.saferinternetday.org.uk - Safer Internet Day: Celebrated globally every year, Safer Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive users of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to joint together and play their part for a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!
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.
Online Resources for Parents and Carers
www.saferinternet.org.uk/parent-tech - A Parents’ Guide to Technology: The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
www.saferinternet.org.uk/parental-controls - Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers – BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre Website.
www.saferinternet.org.uk/safety-tools - Safety Tools on Social Networking Sites and Other Online Services: Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people.
www.childnet.com/online-gaming - Online Gaming: Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online.
www.childnet.com/sns - Young People & Social Networking Sites: Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks,
www.saferinternet.org.uk/checklists - Social Network Checklists: Free guides produced by the Safer Internet Centre that contain details instructions and information on privacy and account settings on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Where to Report and Get Help
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/need-help - Need help? Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour.
https://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre - Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP): A police agency tackling abuse on the internet. This website includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk - CEOP’s Think U Know website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for all children to report abuse online.
https://www.iwf.org.uk - Internet Watch Foundation: Part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the IWF is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.
0808 800 5000 - NSPCC: The NSPCC has partnered with 02 to provide an online safety helpline for parents and carers to answer questions and address concerns about a child’s online safety.
www.childline.org.uk – Childline - Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting Childline, they can chat to a Counsellor on the phone (0800 1111) or online.
www.report-it.org.uk - True Vision: Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation can be reported to True Vision; a UK website set up to tackle all forms.
Factsheets/Information for Parents and Carers
www.childnet.com/resources/supportingyoungpeolpeonline - Supporting Young People Online: A free guide created by Childnet providing Information and Advice for parents and carers on supporting young people online. The advice is also available in 12 additional languages including Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, Urdu and Welsh.
www.saferinternet.org.uk/fostering-adoption - Information and Advice for Foster Carers/Adoptive Parents: The UK Safer Internet Centre has worked together with Islington Council to create leaflets for foster carers and adoptive parents. The leaflets, which are free to download and easy to print, include tips and conversation starters to help fostered carers and adoptive parents get to grip with internet safety.
www.childnet.com/resources/keeping-under-fives-safe-online - Keeping Under Fives Safe Online: Children love using technology and are learning to navigate websites, online games and consoles, and touch screen technology like iPads and smartphones from a younger and younger age.
UK Safer Internet Centre
www.saferinternet.org/parents - The Safer Internet Centre – The European Commission appointed UK Safer Internet Centre is made up of three partners; Childnet International, the South Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Together they raise awareness about internet safety, develop information materials and resources and organise high profile events such as Safer Internet Day. You can access a range of resources from across the UK, Europe and wider afield via their website.
www.childnet.com – Childnet: Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. The Childnet website hosts all the online resources for young people, parents, carers and teachers. The parents and carers area also contains key advice, information on reporting and detailed information on a range of e-safety topics in the Hot topics section.
www.swgfl.org.uk – South West Grid for Learning: The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) is a not for profit, charitable trust dedicated to the advancement of education through information and communication technologies. They provide safe, supported broadband and internet, teaching and learning services for 2,500 schools in the South West of England and e-safety education and training regionally, nationally and internationally. They provide professionals, parents and children advice, resources and support to use internet technologies safely to enhance learning and maximise potential.
www.iwf.org.uk – Internet Watch Foundation: The Internet Watch Foundation is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and international partners. It is a charity and a self-regulatory body with over 100 Members from the online industry.