Children at Bolshaw use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and at Bolshaw we ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
Our digital leaders have created an e-safety code that all children agree to and follow to keep them safe online in the digital world.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. The children are regularly involved in ‘e-safety’ activities to remind them of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
E-safety is embedded into the curriculum. We raise the profile every year when we hold the National Safer Internet Day when all the children take part in activities about how to stay safe on-line and on their mobile phones. Here is our powerpoint that was discussed in our whole school assembly:
All staff, parents/carers and children are required to sign and agree to our Responsible User Agreement. These are available on our Policy webpage
Our E-Safety assembly.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Social Media: Many of these sites, such as Facebook and Instagram have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
Below are various documents and websites that provide information for you and your child about how to stay safe:
Our pact – free parent/carer control app
Share Aware NSPCC – guide for parents/carers on helping you keep your child safe online
CBBC E-Safety – Stay safe with advice from the CBBC website
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Digital Parenting Magazine – produced by Vodafone with lots of fantastic practical advice for parents.
Safer Internet Centre – The UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Parent Zone – up-to-date guides for parents
YouTube (video sharing website and app)
Snapchat (a social networking app)
Instagram (a social networking app)
WhatsApp (an instant message app)
Kik Messenger (a free instant mobile messaging app)
Netflix (a paid-for on-demand online video streaming service.)
Omegle (free social networking site)
Oovoo (a video chat app)
Pokémon Go ( a reality game where you collect and trade creatures called Pokémon)
You Now (a live streaming service)
Simi Simi app (an app which allows users to chat anonymously)
Lovoo (social networking app)
MONKEY app (social networking app)