e-Safety

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Staying safe online

St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding its pupils and provides clear guidance to our children on matters relating to e-Safety.

 

e-Safety, also known as Internet Safety, encompasses the safe and responsible use of Internet technologies and electronic communications via computers, laptops, televisions, games consoles, mobile phones and other hand held devices, as well as collaboration tools and personal publishing. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits and risks of using this technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experience.

 

e-Safety policy

The school implements its own e-Safety policy according to the latest guidance and this can be viewed by clicking the link below:

e-Safety Policy

 

More information

For more information about e-Safety please visit the following website:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

The SMART e-Safety Rules

At St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School children are educated on some very important e-Safety rules, known as the SMART rules:

  • S – Safe:

We keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people online

  • M – Meeting:

We never agree to meet someone we have only met online

  • A – Accepting:

We think before we open files, pictures or attachments from people we don’t know – they might contain a virus or nasty message

  • R – Reliable:

We remember that what we see online may not be true or accurate and that someone online might be lying about who they are

  • T – Tell:

We will tell an adult we trust if someone or something makes us feel uncomfortable or worried, including if we are being bullied online

 

Posters showing the SMART e-Safety rules are displayed around the school next to computers our children have access to. You can download and print off your own copy of this poster by clicking here: SMART Poster

 

Hector the dolphin

St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School introduced Hector back in 2014. Hector is a dolphin character from ‘Hector’s World’ – a series of animated episodes and accompanying lessons about e-Safety supported by CEOP. The Hector’s World series helps the younger children in our school learn how to use computers safely and how to keep personal information private. The older children in our school have these key messages reinforced each year.


Every computer in our school that children have access to will have Hector’s World Safety Button installed. This button is Hector the dolphin and he is found swimming in the top right corner of the computer screen. The children are taught that if something on-screen upsets or worries them, perhaps they might feel uncomfortable by what they have seen or heard, they should immediately click on Hector. Once activated, the computer screen will be covered with an underwater scene with accompanying sound effects and written message that instructs the child to get adult help.

 

You can download and install Hector’s World Safety Button for your computer at home – ask an adult to help you by following the instructions found on the following website:

hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz/teachers/hectors-world-safety-button/

 

Acceptable Use Policy – Pupil Agreement

At St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School all children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are required to sign the ‘Acceptable Use Policy – Pupil Agreement’ class form to say they have read and understood the e-Safety rules, and that they will use the school computers, school network and systems, software, hardware, hand-held devices, and the Internet in a responsible way, including the use of e-mail and other forms of communication. These class forms will be signed each year and displayed as a visual reminder. Children are made aware that both computer and Internet use (including e-mail) will be monitored to ensure their safety and that any inappropriate use will be dealt with.

 

A copy of this pupil agreement can be viewed be clicking the link below:

AUP – Pupil Agreement

 

Click CEOP

The ‘Click CEOP’ button that you have seen on our school website is a feature that enables children and adults to make a report to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) if someone has done something online that has made you, another child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe.

 

CEOP is a division of the National Crime Agency and experienced child protection advisors manage the Click CEOP button. If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online you can let CEOP know by making a report – Click CEOP for further information.

 

CEOP is full of people who want to help and advise you – so if you have been a victim of online abuse let them know securely and Click CEOP.

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Safer Internet Day

Each year St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School celebrates Safer Internet Day (SID). This day is usually held early in February and provides the school with the opportunity to focus on raising awareness of e-Safety matters. Staff organise fun activities for SID and the children work together to produce class books about an important e-Safety message based upon the SID theme.

 

For more information about SID please visit the following website:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day

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