“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”

– Colossians 3:23


You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. 

The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. 

As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our pupils’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this.

Just a few simple steps by all of us can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet.

The nominated e-safety officer in school is Mr Bradley, who is first point of contact for any e-safety related incidents.  You can contact him via his email: [email protected]

School's Responsibility

  • To teach about e-safety including safe use of electronic communication and social media
  • To teach the productive, safe and positive use of digital technology through Computing lessons and across the curriculum
  • To deal with bullying, including online bullying, in line with school policy
  • To only use online content from sites and apps that is age appropriate
  • To share only information and images, opinions and information that identify individuals in a respectful and positive manner and with permission in line with our data protection policy
  • To keep children's phones in the office for those families who require exceptions to be made regarding school policy on mobile phones

Parents' Responsibility

  • To consider the role model they are providing to their children
  • To monitor their child's computer, phone and tablet use including messages sent and received
  • To consider the advice for children and parents above
  • To deal with inappropriate messaging between children outside of school (e.g. removing their child's access to phones or chat groups)
  • To only allow children access to apps and websites that are age appropriate
  • To not share images, information or opinions about children, parents or staff in school on social media without their consent
  • To ensure phones are kept at home during the school day or make an appointment with the headteacher if they require an exception to be made for their child

Child's Responsibility

  • To use electronic media in a safe, useful and kind way
  • To follow the advice above and learning about e-safety from lessons in school
  • To comply with our internet acceptable use policy when using school equipment during the day, and out of school hours if your activity could affect other children in school (messaging or sharing with them).
  • To only access and use apps and sites that are recommended for children their age
  • To not share any image, opinion or information about any other person without their consent
  • Not to bring phones to school unless they have permission, in which case, they take the phone to the office in the morning and collect in the evening

Useful links, websites, articles and documents

  1. https://www.naht.org.uk/news-and-opinion/news/pupil-support-and-safeguarding-news/five-tips-for-switched-on-conversations-about-technology/
  2. https://www.bbc.com/ownit
  3. https://www.childnet.com/resources/looking-for-kidsmart
  4. https://www.net-aware.org.uk
  5. https://parentzone.org.uk/article/5-things-parents-should-know-about-screen-time?utm_source=Mailing%208%20Jan&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PZ%20screen%20time%20article
  6. https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/?cid=vnty-vod-auto/dvynfvtq(uv(bx)yjhjoneanzqtojth
  7. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
  8. https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/e-safety/#page-1
  9. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
  10. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/
  11. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
  12. https://nationalonlinesafety.com
  13. https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/content/screen-usage-guide/
  14. https://www.virginmedia.com/blog/online-safety/childrens-internet-safety-test 

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