E-Safety at Mount Nod Primary School
Within schools, E-safety is the ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology and to intervene and support with any incident where appropriate. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g. text messages, gaming devices, email etc).
E-Safety is taught as part of computing lessons and within our P.S.H.E focus weeks throughout the year. However, teaching online safety is not restricted to these lessons. We believe in embedding key messages about staying safe online through a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that children of all ages are taught online safety skills. Throughout the year, E-Safety specialists are invited to visit the school to discuss strategies, share their expertise and supplement existing teaching.
In order to keep our children safe and teach them to be responsible when using technology, we constantly reinforce our ‘Protective Behaviours’ principles. In addition to creating a safe learning environment within our school, we also endeavour to ensure that the education we provide stretches beyond the classroom, so that wherever they are, our children know how to stay safe online.
Our school has effective monitoring and filters in place that help to safeguard all users when accessing the internet. We work in partnership with Coventry City Council to ensure that our filtering systems are up to date and as effective as possible.
Along with our continued work on Protective Behaviours, we also introduce the SMART principles for staying safe on the internet. These are:
S - SAFE
Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too.
M – MEETING
Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone online asks you to meet up or asks for your personal information/photos/videos, then tell a trusted adult straight away and report them together on www.thinkuknow.co.uk
A – ACCEPTING
Accepting e-mails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts, from people you don’t know or trust, can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
R – RELIABLE
Information on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are. To find reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.
T – TELL
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you, like your teachers, parents and carers or contact Childline – 0800 11 11 or www.childline.org.uk
Guides & Support Resources
Social Media and Gaming Guides for Parents
Guides to sites that could be used during COVID-19 Lockdown and school closures