E-Saftey

E-Safety at St Joseph’s Primary School

At St. Joseph's RC Primary School we celebrate the value and importance of technology in our children’s learning. In our school, computers, laptops, iPads, digital voice recorders and digital cameras are all part of children’s everyday learning. The internet has become a vital source of learning and communication for all members of our school community. We have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

This page is designed to offer some helpful tips and useful links help your children keep safe online in school and at home:

Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.

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.

Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children on our Class Pages. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?

Download our eSafety Posters - We have e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not download a copy (from below  and put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?

Through classroom activities, planned ICT sessions and assemblies, we make the children continually aware of the SMART Internet rules:

S = SAFE - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name – to people you are chatting with online.

M = MEETING - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.

A = ACCEPT - Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R = RELIABLE - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

T = TELL - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Here are some website links that might provide more guidance:

KIDS SMART WEBSITE

THINKUKNOW WEBSITE

VODAFONE PARENTS

KNOWITALL

BULLYING UK

Attached at the bottom of the page is a copy of our school E-Safety Policy, an overview of how the school approaches E-Safety across all Phases and Key Stages and KS1/KS2 E-Safety Posters.

PARENTS - Please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any ICT questions or concerns. We are aiming to support the community as much as possible by holding parent's ICT events and training sessions in the near future. Please read newsletters, check the school bulletin board and school website for any upcoming events or training opportunities.