USE OF THE INTERNET AND E-SAFETY

During school, teachers will guide pupils towards appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility. Pupils are given information regularly on e-safety during PSHE and computing lessons.  We follow a comprehensive e-safety scheme of work from the SouthWest Grid for Learning and also include input from external speakers at an age appropriate level across the school.

Please see http://ceop.police.uk for further guidance regarding how to promote the safe use of the internet and social media with your child.

As a school we have invested significantly in technologies that will enable us to prepare your child for life in the 21st century.  However, for both pupils and teachers, internet access at school is a privilege and not an entitlement.  The free use of search engines is permitted only when a teacher or a member of staff is present. Child friendly search engines such as Pawsexplore have been set as the default on our machines and will filter most websites with inappropriate content to supplement the proxy server we use to screen out undesirable sites at source. Unfortunately, despite our strict filtering system there is a possibility that with a determined effort pupils could encounter inappropriate material.

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

No pupil at the school should have a Facebook account as these are not available to those under the age of 13. For those using other social media such as Instagram, OoVoo or instant messenger we insist upon good conduct inside and outside school to avoid this impacting on pupils’ emotional well-being and readiness to learn.  You will be informed immediately if your child has behaved inappropriately online if this is reported to us.  Pupils are encouraged to screen shot and save offensive messages so that parents can support them in dealing with the emotional impact of this and make any reports to the authorities as necessary.  We aim to support our older pupils in developing the skills to use social media responsibly and safely as they take their first steps into the virtual world of the internet.

Our Y6 pupils have created a few key rules for using social media sensibly and safely.

Ensure privacy settings are set to private and that only friends can see you.
Only friend ‘real life’ people – this means someone you have met in the flesh.
Don’t say anything online you would not be prepared to say to the person’s face with everyone listening.
Don’t harass people who don’t respond straight away – people are allowed to play in the park in the fresh air and not everyone is glued to their phone or tablet!
Don’t use social media after 10pm.   You need your sleep!
Give your parents your password or let them see your account regularly.
If you are worried about anything happening online – talk to an adult straight away.