Online safety of the entire school is paramount.
E-safety is integrated into the ICT curriculum at all levels so that awareness of online safety becomes second nature to our children, leaving them confident, competent, but most of all safe, internet users.
Children at Leesons Primary School use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Outside school children have access to a wide range of technology, including computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones.
Staff have been trained and are alert to the dangers children face online and to the warning signs of cyber bullying or grooming.
Ofsted places great importance on how schools address e-safety and it has consequently become part of their inspection criteria. Ofsted define e-safety as the school’s ability:
- To protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology
- To have appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate
They categorise three areas of risk:
- Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
- Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
- Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation as a whole family about how the internet should be used safely and responsibly when online at home, at school or at a friend's house. To support parents in creating a family agreement Childnet International have put together some free advice.