At St Francis, we recognise the importance of keeping everyone safe in an ever-growing and changing online and digital world. In our school, e-safety isn’t just about policy – it’s the embedded awareness and modelling of staying safe that makes the difference.
E-safety isn’t just about using the internet – it’s about all of the ways in which we use any form of technology to communicate, record, share, investigate, shop, learn or play. Just as importantly, e-safety isn’t just about keeping our pupils safe; it’s about keeping everyone safe and that’s why we invest a great deal of time and energy in providing supportive and informative learning about this to parents, staff and pupils.
Each year, we mark Internet Safety Day by having a whole-school focus on what it means to stay safe. Through assemblies, year-group-specific lessons and interactive games we explore what ‘staying safe looks like’ and ‘how we can be safe’.
In school, we are fortunate to be protected by a range of online filtering and monitoring and through working collaboratively with the South West Grid for Learning and the UK Safer Internet Centre, we provide support to parents about how to filter and monitor at home but crucially, why it’s important too!
To help us, the Safer Internet Centre have put together a range of resources and one of the most useful is Common Sense Media which provides a wealth of advice and resources for parents and teachers. One of the most useful sections is the ‘website, app and movie‘ section which allows you to check the suitability of a website, game or app.
As always, if you have any questions about e-safety at our school, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Useful online tools, information and resources for parents:
UK Safer Internet Centre This site is full of resources, advice, ‘how to’ guides and videos to help you keep your child safe online.
Internet Matters Visit this site to access resources and advice for all online issues ranging from turning on timers and filters to ‘how to make my account private’.
ThinkUKnow This site is provided by the National Crime Agency and ‘CEOP’ who work with all online organisations in the country and parts of Europe to advise and provide a safe online community for young people.
iWonder This is a resource from the bbc on understanding the risks that young people can be exposed to on the internet.
Common Sense Media – A website that helps parents to make sensible media choices with their children.
Childnet – A not for profit website that aims to make the Internet a safer place for children.