A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT

Online Safety

Online Safety

What is the School doing?

  • The School can only access the Internet through the Local Authority’s homepage.  They have a number of security and safety blocks and firewalls in place to restrict access to inappropriate material.
  • Children are supervised at all times when using the Internet and email at school.
  • Through lessons, assemblies and special events the children are taught how to use technology safely, and the importance of caring for and respecting each other at all times. Children have been taught about the SMART rules for using the Internet and these are included on the presentation.
  • All children, parents/carers, staff and visitors are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy governing the proper use of ICT, the Internet and email when at school.
  • Children and the staff must report any incidents of bullying and/or misuse of ICT to the Head Teacher immediately so that the appropriate action can be taken.
  • All staff and governors undertake regular safeguarding training through the Local Authority, and there are designated staff and governors in place to make sure that everyone follows the law, Local Authority regulations and the relevant School policies.

What can you do?

  • CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a dedicated website which covers all aspects of online safety. There are age relevant sections and specific areas for parents/carers containing games, videos and lots of advice and support to help you and your child learn how to stay safe online. They are also there to help you if things do go wrong.
  • We recommend that you take a look at the links below, and revisit them regularly.  Remember, technology is changing all the time, and the best way you can help your child stay safe is to keep up to date with these changes. We have also produced a handy guide for parents to online safety, which you can download from this page.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

NHS – Mental Health Helplines

MIND – Parenting with a mental health problem

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place all across the school. With a theme once again of “Together for a better internet”, the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.

Read our newsletter and Twitter page to find out more about we got involved in the celebrations!

Please visit www.saferinternetday.org/ for further information.

Online Safety Meeting for Parents

Social Media Awareness for Parents

Following the national school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues in our partner services have seen a rise in reports of online bullying and incidents occurring over social media.

Please click on the links below to find further information regarding age restrictions on social media/apps and also a document from Staffordshire Police with further information about some apps that are popular with children as well as some further sources of support and information.

NSPCC & O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results.