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 'e-safety' activities 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 or telephone number over the Internet.
- Always tell your parents or teacher if you are upset by something you see on the Internet.
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 and protect yourselves and 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.
Further online safety advice for parents can be found in the safeguarding section of the school website.
- 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.
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.