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Child Friendly E-Safety policy

Co-op Academy Parkland

Child Friendly E-Safety Policy

School statement

E-Safety is very important at our school. This policy has been developed by the School Council who believes that it is important to keep children safe on the internet at home and at school. Their aim is to:

  • help others keep safe whilst having fun using the internet at home and at school.
  • make sure others know what to do or not to do if someone or something is bothering them on the internet.
  • let others know about things that are not appropriate for children.

What is E-Safety?

E-Safety stands for electronic safety.

E-Safety is making sure we stay safe on the internet and feel protected when using our devices such as: iPads, phones, gaming consoles and computers at home and at school.

Why do we like the internet?

  • It is interesting and fun.
  • It helps us learn lots of new things.
  • We get to explore lots of different websites to help with our school work.
  • We can play games with our friends and family.
  • We can stay in touch with our friends and family.

What are the online dangers?

  • Cyber Bullying - This includes sending nasty text messages and emails or through a gaming forum. It may also be sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean information about someone else.
  • Stranger Danger - Some people online can pretend to be someone else or pretend to be younger to talk to others.
  • Things we see and hear - Sometimes when we are online, we could hear and see things that can hurt us or others. This may be people swearing or saying nasty, mean things when playing a game or watching something online.
  • Online content - Some websites that we see online, may not be right for us to look at and sometimes could upset us.
  • Viruses - Some emails or things we download can have viruses in them that can break our computers or steal our information.
  • Identify theft - Some people will ask for our personal information about ourselves and maybe our adults.

What should I do if someone online is being mean or nasty?

  • Tell an adult I trust straightaway.
  • Report anything that worries us.
  • Try to ignore the person.
  • Block and delete the person.
  • Try to stay calm and don’t panic.
  • Try not to get upset or angry.
  • Keep all messages for evidence and show an adult.

What should I not do if someone online is being mean or nasty?

  • Do not keep any worries to ourselves..
  • Do not be unkind or nasty back.
  • Do not get angry or upset.
  • Do not allow the person to be unkind.
  • Do not delete the messages.

Who can we tell if we have worries about our E-Safety or Cyber-Bullying?

  • Family
  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • School council
  • Police
  • National Crime Agency’s Click CEOP.

CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe.

Our internet rules are:

  • We ask for permission before using the internet and we only use websites that an adult has told us to use.
  • We must never give anyone our personal details or passwords.
  • We must never talk to strangers online.
  • We must tell an adult if we are feeling unsure or unsafe about anything we see online.
  • We will never look for, save or send anything that could be mean or nasty.
  • Be kind to others online.
  • We must never give out our address, phone number or personal details.
  • Never arrange to meet anyone that we do not know.
  • Never open or reply to emails or messages from people that we do not know.
  • We must check that the website is safe by looking for the letter ‘s’ after the ‘http’. The ‘https’ means the website itself is taking measures to keep us and our information secure while we use the website.
  • We must check that the website we want to use has a padlock on the left hand side next to the ‘https’ on the search bar.  This means that it is secure.

How shall we act on the internet?

- Keep your personal information SAFE and SECURE

- Do not agree to MEET anyone from the internet; they may not be who we                                             think they are.

- Do not ACCEPT messages or emails from anyone we do not know.

 - REMEMBER, do not always trust the information you see online; it may not       be true or correct.

- If something upsets or worries us online, TELL a trusted adult in school or at  home.

What does our school do to respond to E-Safety issues?

  • They take online safety seriously.
  • They will investigate and look at evidence.
  • They will listen to the children involved and offer support.
  • They will ensure that any children involved will face up to the consequences of their actions.
  • They will contact parents or carers.
  • They will educate all children about staying safe online.

 What does our school provide to keep us safe?

  • Our school maintains anti-virus software to keep viruses away.
  • Our school maintains Internet filters to keep us from seeing things that we shouldn’t see for our age.
  • Our  school keeps access to i-Pads, computers and Chromebooks secure.
  • Our  school keeps our network and Wi-Fi access secure.
  • Our school makes sure that all staff have training to keep all children safe online.
  • Our school keeps searching safe on Google and other search engines.
  • Our  school keeps us and parents or carers up to date with information about websites, apps and games which are appropriate and not appropriate for us.