E-safety is now a key part of a child's education and forms an integral part of their learning here at St. Swithun's. Being online is an integral part of the lives of children and they are having to navigate growing up with the advantages and disadvantages of social media in a way no other generation has. As with other subjects the understanding and support of our parents, carers and the wider community is essential to truly embed awareness and good practice in our children. We all have a role to play.
E-safety is about keeping safe whilst using technology online. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops, tablets and smart displays both at school and at home. The dangers range from personal safety to emotional health. Thankfully there is really good sources of help which we have included here.
Please take some time to take a look at these resources and always speak to your child's teacher for further information if required.
Going online is a key part of any child's experience. It's fun, creative and essential to keep strong connections with wider family, contacts and friends but risks introducing inappropriate material, strangers and unacceptable behaviour right into the heart of the home.
Rather than trying to shut down the use of the internet it is advisable to be open with your child about using it openly and correctly. Childnet produces a guide to the conversation and a family agreement that can help everyone understand the dangers and how to deal with them.
Social games that allow chat whilst playing and apps that encourage the posting of videos and images are now a large part of children's down time. Net Aware is a superb guide to the different apps and games and gives advice on the tools available to manage them with your child.
Further advice and information can be found at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command website, which also is a portal for reporting incidents of online abuse.
Childline also provides help in cases of anxiety, cyber-bullying and other abuse.
Remember the school can always give advice on these issues.
Within school we think it is really important that the children become confident users of the internet. Therefore for both ICT and other subjects they will frequently use tablets and laptops. A member of staff will always be present to help and guide them. We have filtered access to the internet which keeps educational resources available.
The ICT curriculum includes regular e-safety sessions, which include topics such as:
The relevant school policies can be found on our Policies page.