Staying Safe at St Ursula's Catholic Junior School
Digital technology has become an integral part of the lives of children, both within school and at home. These technologies open up new opportunities for everyone and can initiate discussion and promote creativity leading to effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. 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. 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. A copy of the AUP is available for you to view here.
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.
The Online Buddies have an essential role within our school. They work together with Mrs Marshall 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. Click on the Educate against hate website here to find out more.
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.
Staff receive regular Safeguarding training to ensure they are aware of the joint responsibilities to ensure our children are safe.
UK Safer Internet Day (February 2018)
St Ursula's Catholic Junior School supports Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is organised on a yearly basis in February and is a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers to share key messages with children. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
You can access a Parent and Carers Checklist (Click here) to help keep your children safe when using the internet.
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Further to our Parent and Carers Risk Awareness Session you can find out more about how to keep your children safe online by clicking on the Think U Know Website.
|Vodafone||For further information regarding Setting up Parental Controls please click on the Vodafone icon which will provide you with some helpful information and guides|
|Resources for parents to help keep their children safe and further information about Parental Controls. There are resources on this website regarding safety tools for Social Networking sites. Click here for more information.|
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. For more information about their work, for help or support click here.
The CEOP Advice button provides direct help to a child or young person if they believe they are at risk to online harm.
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. Click here for the Parents and Carers section.
If you would like any further advice, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Marshall via the School Office.