Child Protection and Safeguarding
Click on this link to download our Child Protection Policy.
Websites for further information on safeguarding whilst using the internet
In an increasingly technological world, it is important that children are given the skills and confidence to recognise the potential risks of the online environment. It is important that they learn how to make the right choices around 'risk'. We want our children to develop into confident and resilient users of technology – online safety is a skill for life that will continue to support them into adulthood.
The documents and tutorials below are intended to inform parents about some of the practical steps they can take to help keep their child safe on-line. Many of these resources are also used in school and we would encourage parents to have regular open discussions with their child about the websites/social media sites they are using and about staying safe in the online world.
THe NSPCC has a website to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more. The information is clear and designed for parents. It contains information about the apps and the potential risks and how to keep children safe.
CEOP’s Youtube now have their own Youtube Channel which has links to some fantastic resources for both parents and young people. The content is suitable for a broad age range and should be used to discuss the issues and potential dangers of using online technologies inappropriately.
The Jigsaw film on the CEOP YouTube channel enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. It helps children understand what constitutes personal information and it also directs where to go and what to do if children are worried about any of the issues covered.
CEOP’s Thinkuknow is a child-friendly website with different sections aimed at different age ranges.
The parents section of the Know IT All website contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
Simonstone St. Peter's Primary School operates the following safety policy on our school website regarding the use of photographs, to ensure the privacy and safety of our pupils at school.
- Where pupils are named, only their first name is given.
- Where a pupil is named, no photograph of that pupil is displayed.
- Where a photograph is used which shows a pupil/pupils, no name/s are displayed.
By observing these points, the school ensures that visitors to the web-site cannot link images of pupils to names of pupils. No other private information about pupils is ever published on the website such as surnames or contact details.
Pupil Rules for Responsible use of the Internet and other Electronic Devices at Simonstone St Peter’s Primary School
We all use electronic devices and the internet connection for learning. We, the school council, have discussed this and have developed the following rules to keep everyone safe.
- Always ask permission from a member of staff before using the internet or other electronic devices.
- Only go on the internet when a member of staff is in the room.
- Only use your own private login and password.
- Keep your password secret and do not share it with anyone else.
- Do not access anybody else’s files or work on the computer.
- Do not download any programmes onto the computer.
- Do not change any of the settings on the computer, including the screen-savers.
- Only use the internet or devices in school for school work or homework.
- If you have e-homework and need to bring a memory stick into school you must give it to a member of staff or ask permission before using it.
- Only email people your teacher has approved and be polite and sensible. Remember to treat others as you would like them to treat you.
- Do not use internet chat rooms in school.
- When using the internet, never give out your home address, telephone number or personal details.
- Do not arrange to meet anyone contacted electronically under any circumstances -remember Stranger Danger!
- Tell the teacher if you see anything that you are unhappy with or if something pops up that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- If you see someone accessing inappropriate websites or misusing the computer tell an adult or teacher immediately.
- Mobile phones are not allowed in school but if you have a mobile phone at home and receive an unkind message or a message from someone you do not know – do not delete it but screenshot it, and show an adult immediately. Do not reply to it.
- Do not upload photographs or videos without permission. Once something is on the internet it is available to the public and is there to stay!
School may check your computer files and monitor the internet sites you visit. If you do not follow these rules you will receive a warning and may not be allowed to use the internet.
The School Council – July 2017