Online Safety for Pupils
The Internet is an amazing thing! At school we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning and teaching. Every year, each class creates a 'class charter' - a signed agreement co-constructed to reflect the children's understanding of safe internet use and appropriate online behaviours. We also deliver regular online safety activities, as well as core units as part of the computing curriculum, to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe whilst online.
Here is some advice for using the Internet safely:
- Always ask permission before using the Internet.
- Only send e-mails to your friends.
- Only go to Internet sites that you know are safe.
- Be careful what you type into a search engine.
- Never tell anyone your name, address, telephone number or school over the Internet, including when gaming.
- Always use an avatar, not a photo, when setting up a profile.
- Always tell a trusted adult if you are upset by something you see on the Internet - remember, TELL, TELL, TELL!
Our computer network at school is safeguarded against inappropriate content. Unfortunately, computers at home might not have the same level of safety. Always follow the advice above when you are using the Internet. That way, you will stay safe whilst also protecting those around you.
Click on any of these links to find out more about how to keep safe on the Internet.
Parents & Carers
The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education and social interaction. The school has a duty to provide students with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience.
At Ash Grove Academy, we take all reasonable measures to make sure that your children are able to use the Internet safely.
For full details of our approach to e-safety, please see our Online Safety Policy below. This is also listed in the website's Policies section.
As a parent, you'll know how important the Internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting, and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. The best way to help your children stay safe online is to be interested in their online journey. You can engage with your children regarding their use of the Internet by using some of these conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online, or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the Internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the Internet together and further enjoy your lives online
Privacy settings are an important part of keeping our young children safe and you can find out more information about them here.
Further online safety advice for parents can be found in the safeguarding section of the school website.
IPhone, IPad and IPod
- Pupils may only use approved e-mail accounts on the school system. They must immediately tell a teacher if they receive offensive e-mail.
- Pupils must not reveal personal details of themselves or others in e-mail communication, or arrange to meet anyone without specific permission.
- E-mails sent to an external organisation should be written carefully and authorised before sending, in the same way as a letter written on school headed paper.
The forwarding of chain e-mails is not permitted.
Pupils’ full names will not be used anywhere on the website or any school blog posts or Tweets, particularly in association with photographs. Staff or pupils’ personal information will not be published.
All children at Ash Grove are below the age of 13, which is the age determined to be suitable for accessing social media pages according to UK Government guidance. Whilst we recognise that many children will access social media with the full agreement of their parents and carers, we have a duty of care to ensure that children are taught the advantages and disadvantages of these online sharing sites, as well as ways to ensure their safety whilst using them.
If you have your parents' permission to access to any social networking sites or video sharing sites at home, there are some simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe whilst online:
- Set the highest security so that your details, picture etc cannot be seen by just anybody
- Use a made up name so that only people that you really know you can find you
- Only accept as 'friends' people that you really know. Remember, just because someone says that they are 12 years old on the Internet doesn't mean they really are 12!
- Make sure you block anyone you don't know or who you are worried about, as well as anyone who you feel behaves in an inappropriate or antisocial way.
Parents and Carers can find more advice about being social and safe online by clicking here.
Authorising Internet access
All children must have returned a form signed by their parent / carer before they are able to use the Internet in school. These forms are sent out to families at the start of every school year. Additional copies are available from the school office.