Pupils at Temple Learning academy use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. We also sign e-safety agreements (Responsible ICT Use Agreement) with children and parents annually.
There are several elements to e-safety that we teach at TLA:
1. How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn’t.
2. How to keep ourselves safe – keeping our details private and keeping our data secure.
3. How to behave when using technology – being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This strand also links with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.
4. Encouraging a healthy use of technology – not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.
At home, many pupils are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them into their homes. So, we teach them through a variety of activities to remember to keep e-safe.
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Staying safe online means being SMART
|S||Secret: Keep your personal details a secret.|
|M||Meeting: Never arrange to meet someone you have met on the internet without getting permission and always take an adult with you.|
|A||Accepting: Don’t accept attachments or downloads if you don’t know where or who they are from.|
|R||Reliable: Can you be sure that the person you are talking to is telling the truth?|
|T||Tell: If something makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult.|
The following websites contain useful information and resources.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk– E-safety website for children.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
CEOP Safety Centre – Affiliated to Police Organised Crime Agency. There is info for children, parents, carers and teachers.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK
ThinkUKnow – 15 Minute Home Activities
Childline Report Remove Tool – Childline has launched Report Remove, a service that allows children and young people under 18 to report and get removed from the internet a nude image or video of themselves that might have been shared online. The webpage includes links to services and information offering emotional and safeguarding support.
BBC Article: TIK TOK Family Safety Mode – The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child’s and have direct control over the safety settings.
Leeds PREVENT Online Safety Leaflet for Parents – Information sheet for parents to advise around keeping their children safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic
TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS
If your child is using social media, please ensure that their privacy settings are set to maximum and that you regularly monitor their accounts.
Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
When we talk about e-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things. The world of Social Media is an ever changing place, and scary, but we have created a simple guide to different Social Media Apps to help you understand what your child could be accessing at home.
You may also be interested in our E-Safety Policy which is in the policy section of our website.
Remote Learning Online
As so many children are currently at home due to lockdown restrictions, the risk of online exploitation increases. The Leeds Prevent guide (see above) supports parents and carers with understanding the signs of exploitation and ways on how to keep their children safe online.
As a member of staff at Temple Learning Academy, you have signed the Acceptable Use Policy on the use of technology at school.
It is essential that our messages on e-safety are consistent, clear, and repeated often. Please make sure that you have read the e-safety policy and ICT policy (downloadable from the Policy page), and that you are adhering to it.
Your digital ‘footprint’
Remember that everything that you do online will be recorded and stays online!
It is essential that we all act responsibly and that we keep our data and details safe. Never share your passwords, your login name or your personal details.
Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are particularly tricky to deal with. There have been a number of cases where people have faced disciplinary panels because of their behaviour online and it is important to protect yourself from this danger. If you choose to use such sites, please make sure that you understand and use the security settings!
Social networking can also blur the boundaries between school and home, and it is really important that we maintain professionalism at all times. Staff must therefore not ‘friend’ parents or children from school, and if you are concerned that you have been approached or contacted online, you should ignore the request and report it if you are concerned.