Staying safe online at St Ursula's Catholic Primary School

At St Ursula's we recognise the importance of technology within today's society. However, with this comes the responsibility to ensure our children become good digital citizens. Part of our safeguarding role is to ensure our children are safe online and it is essential that all interested parties work together to ensure the safety of our children.  Our school will ensure that pupils at our school have good access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and in return expect children to agree to be responsible users.  Staff receive regular Safeguarding training to ensure they are aware of the joint responsibilities to ensure our children are safe.

At the beginning of every academic year, our children will begin computing lessons with an emphasis on how to stay safe when online. Children are taught about Online Safety throughout the year and they are also coached by their peers, via the Online Buddies. The technology they use is protected by strong filtering systems.

In order to ensure our children are safe at all times it is important for parents to take an active role in this area. Below are some signposts to more information which may help you with regard to setting up parental controls on your Wi-Fi, checking the settings on gaming consoles and phones together with useful resources to help initiate discussions with your children about their use on the World Wide Web.

All our children agree to an Acceptable Use Policy which was created with our Online Buddies and aims to promote safe use of the internet and digital technology at all times. All parents have received a copy of the AUP and have been requested to read this through with their children.

The Online Buddies have an essential role within our school. They work together with Mrs Marshall and Mrs Le Roux to learn more about Online Safety issues and they then peer teach within their classes listening to the views of their fellow pupils. They assist with distributing important information to parents and take a lead role to ensure the rules for being SMART online are known throughout the school.

In order to ensure our children are safe at all times it is important for parents to take an active role in this area. Below are some signposts to more information which may help you with regard to setting up parental controls on your Wi-Fi, checking the settings on gaming consoles and phones together with useful resources to help initiate discussions with your children about their use on the World Wide Web.

Educate against hate We want our children to grow up protected from all kinds of harm including extremism and radicalisation. The government have produced a new website where you can find out information to help you learn more about and understand the issues to protect your child. 

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 was enacted on 1st July 2015 which places obligations on schools to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Schools are required to ensure they have safeguarding arrangements to promote pupils’ welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism. All staff at St Ursula's have received training with regard to this legislation and the guidance within the Prevent Duty assists schools to help build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views.

Useful Links:

Talking to your child about staying safe online is a site by NSPCC about talking to your child about what they’re doing online.  

 

Parent Control App is a catch-all family locator and screen time management solution.

Social networks your kids use is a guide developed by NSPCC.

Take Control - Find out how the brand new BBC Own It app can help children to lead a positive online life

Safer Internet is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet InternationalInternet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission - to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.  St Ursula's Catholic Federation supports Safer Internet Day which is organised on a yearly basis in February and is a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to share key messages with children. 

Think U Know is a website with information about how to keep your children safe when they are on a phone, tablet or computer. 

CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and protects children from abuse and harm online.

Childnet is a non-profit organisation that works to make the internet a safer place. It provides a wealth of information about internet safety and has a section for Parents and Carers to help you support your child in the online world.

Ask About Games answer questions parents and players have about video game age ratings, provide advice on how to play games safely.

Internet Matters are checklists for pre-school (0-5).  They are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely.

ParentZone are experts in family digital life providing information and advice for families.

Parent Info is a site providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

If you would like any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact the school IT Lead Mrs Marshall via the School Office.

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