On-Line Safety

Roles and Responsibilities

On-line safety is a very important aspect of strategic leadership within the Academy, the Executive Principal and Trustees have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. The named On-Line Safety Lead in our Academy Trust is Michaela Webb who is an ambassador for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). All members of the Academy community have been made aware of who holds this post. It is the role of the On-Line Safety Lead to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such as Becta, CEOP, NOS (National On-line Safety), NSPCC and Childnet.

We do promote the use of safe internet practices throughout the Academy and encourage these as the children leave our gates. We strongly advocate family involvement in how their children use the internet and other means of electronic communication.  

Whilst we do not promote the use of social media or online gaming sites we understand that there are many children, with and without parental support, who use them. We believe in doing everything we can to make our children and their families aware of the difficulties, challenges and dangers that can arise from accessing age-inappropriate material and will promote this through our newsletters and website. 

Throughout the Academy there are age appropriate signs explaining how we can be e-aware. Everyone is encouraged to report misuse of the internet and anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Similarly if staff find any cause for concern it will be tackled immediately and in line with the policies of the Academy. 

On-line Safety in the Curriculum

We are continually updating how we teach children in the Academy how to stay safe on-line. We use follow a structured teaching programme that teaches and explores the use of the internet. Each year the children will visit eight aspects of online safety; self-image and identity, online relationships, online reputation, online bullying, managing ion-line information, Health, well-being and lifestyle, privacy and security as well as copyright and ownership. We use a range of online accredited resources to support our teaching and pass these onto families. 

How Families Can Help Support their Children

We regularly offer information events for families about how we teach computing and what the children are learning. We receive the support of the local police force who add to our message about keeping safe when using mobile phones, tablets, social media etc. They help us by keeping us up to date with trends and highlight areas of concern they find in their day to day role. We strongly recommend families and children use the CEOP website to support e-safety at home  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/ and the NSPCC site https://www.net-aware.org.uk that has information for families to help support and guide children, as well as giving information about the minimum ages for social media and other apps.

We recommend that families follow the advice and guidance given on the CEOP website that covers a range of concerns and behaviours families may want to explore with their children.