At Weston Mill Community Primary School, we promote the use of the internet and technology both at home and at school as we feel that it is an invaluable tool for teaching, learning and is indeed an amazing resource. Although the internet has many advantages it is also important that we take Internet Safety very seriously.
Recently, the children have all taken part in different e-safety activities to promote the importance of using the internet safely. The children have been reminded about how to help themselves stay safe on the internet as well as the importance of playing games that are appropriate to their age.
In every class we display a ‘SMART’ code and have displays around our school to promote E-Safety.
We annually take part in 'Safer Internet Day' and also equip our children with key safety information during our Computing / ICT lessons as well as during some assembly sessions. Our E-Safety policy is available on our school website, as well as the E-Safety agreement signed in the front of the children’s planners.
As parents you can help by:
- having open discussions about your expectations and how to stay safe online
- closely monitoring the sites your children are accessing
- limiting the amount of time your allow your child to spend online or using gaming devices
- discouraging the use of social network sites under the legal age of 13 such as Facebook however if your child does use social media remind them to only communicate with friends and family (people they know and trust in the real world), and also to ensure that their privacy settings are set high and to make them aware of how to report an incident if they feel uncomfortable.
- ensuring they do not give out any personal details to people they meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS3.
- take notice of PEGI ratings - age rating is there for a reason and could mean that your child is being exposed to inappropriate materials if you do not abide by them.
The person responsible for E-Safety in school is Mr. Riggs. The designated safeguarding officers in school are Mrs. Nettleship, Mrs. Dibben and Mrs. Down. If you have any concerns about online safety please contact one of these members of staff.
Further support and guidance can be found at the following links: