E-Safety at South Grove Primary School
At South Grove we take e-safety very seriously. E-Safety is embedded within the school’s Computing curriculum and Schemes of Work. It is also contained within the schools PSHCE Curriculum.
E-Safety is also covered throughout the year through focused assemblies. The school takes part in the National Internet Safety Day. Regular workshops are also held for parents annually.
It is vital that the school works in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that our children are safe when having access to all forms of ICT online protection. This page is intended to promote e-safety for pupils, parents and carers.
If there are ever any concerns around e-safety please do not hesitate to contact the school.
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Safer Internet Day 2023
On the 7th February, we joined schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2023. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and more, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year.
We would be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this, you may be interested in downloading the free Safer Internet Day resources for Parents and Carers which are available at:https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers
There are top tips, quizzes, and films which you can use at home with your child.
Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:
- Tips, advice and guides for parents and carers from the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Advice for parents and carers from Childnet (childnet.com/parents-and-carers)
- Reviews and information about games, apps, TV shows and websites from Common Sense Media (commonsense.org
- Help on using parental controls and privacy settings from Internet Matters
- Information and reporting of online grooming or sexual abuse from CEOP (ceop.police.uk)
Online safety is an important issue which, as a school, we’re committed to teaching our pupils about.
If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher, Miss Marable (IT lead), Ms Montgomery (Designated Safeguarding lead) or Ms Maltwood.
Organisations and Resources for Parents and Carers
Parents, please download these useful Guides
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Links to online resources and information about E-Safety
The links below are those recommended by the school to support parents and children when considering e-safety.
THINKYOUKNOW: keeping your child safe online while they are off school
Here’s a document explaining what you can do to keep your child safe while they are learning and having fun online. Sections include:
- 8 steps to keep your child safe online this month
- Support your child with films and activities from Thinkuknow
- Other recommended resources
SWITCHEDON - ONLINE SAFETY AT HOME (Click to view PDF)
Thinkuknow.co.uk offers you the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. This site offers great advice and raises good questions to think about with technology at home and school. thinkuknow.co.uk offers you the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Know it all resources are designed for both teachers and parents to support e-safety at home. It contains a wealth of information for parents including supporting young people online and Know it All for Primary as well as guidance for teachers on Social Networking.
Children can test their internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang. There are many downloadable topics that will support parents with their children at home including tips for staying safe online, cyber-bullying and much more.
Play Like Share follows the adventures of Alfie, Ellie and Sam as they form a band and enter their school’s Battle of the Bands contest, taking on the mean but ‘cool’ Popcorn Wizards as they go. The three friends learn that while the internet can help, they need to use it wisely and safely.
The aim of the films is to help 8-10 year olds learn how to stay safe online. In particular, the films teach them to spot the early signs of manipulative, pressurising and threatening behaviour by people they might meet online, and develops their confidence to respond safely and get help.