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e-Safety

The Academy recognises the importance of its children being digitally literate, responsible and safe users of online technologies. There are planned focusses on e-Safety at the beginning and end of each academic year, plus around Safer Internet Day each February. During the year children will be taught and reminded about good practice whenever appropriate.

Please see the guidance the Academy has given both recently and over recent years below.
There are also some links to useful websites.

The Academy's Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Online (e-Safety) Policy

  • 26/10/18 - 'Responsible, Safe and Appropriate Internet Usage'

    Following a Key Stage 2 assembly about responsible and safe internet searching, further guidance was offered to parents at our Open Afternoon. Thank you to the Year 6 pupils who met with parents and handed out both our guide and a parent/child usage agreement template.

  • 31/07/18 - 'Fortnite' Guidance

    Following 'stranger danger' and addiction concerns expressed by parents and in the media we are keen to share recently published information and advice for parents about the globally popular game app 'Fortnite'.

  • 16/07/18 - Open Afternoon e-Safety Guidance

    Thank you to those Year 6 pupils who, after e-Safety workshops in class, shared and discussed e-Safety guidance with parents at our open afternoon. Click on the following links to download the guidance given: advice leaflet, Snapchatapps parents need to know about.

  • 11/06/18 - Year 6 e-Safety Videos

    Year 6 pupils recently tackled the ChildNet 'Connect With Respect' video competition: positive e-Safety videos lasting no longer than 1 minute. Here is an example of their work:

  • 22/02/18 - Online Gaming Update, including Roblox

    Please click here for updated online gaming guidance, following our recent Safer Internet Day assemblies and concerns expressed by several parents about 'Roblox'.

  • 29/09/17 - New Social Media Guides

    A new set of guides about popular social media sites has been published. Launching them yesterday the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had "not done enough" to clarify their policies.

    These guides are a response to the Commissioner's Growing Up Digital report, which found that most children do not understand the agreements they sign when they create social media accounts.

    One thing all the guides have in common is that all the sites require children to be 13 or over to create an account. The Academy's advice remains that if children do have accounts with these providers (or other similar ones) that they set them with appropriate privacy and security settings and that parents/carers monitor how the accounts are used.

    There are guides for:

    Instagram     Facebook     Snapchat     WhatsApp    and     YouTube

    Parents can discuss any issues raised by these guides and any other concerns with Mr Pascall at our e-Safety workshop, following our Open Afternoon, from 5.30pm on Wednesday 25th October.

  • 26/06/17 - Snapchat 'Snap Map' Guidance

    Please be aware of recent concerns about the new 'Snap Map' feature within Snapchat. Further information here.
    Like most social media sites children should be 13 to use Snapchat. If they do use such sites, children should be aware of how they work and how to use them as safely as possible.

  • 13/06/17 - Police Visit and Presentation: Cyber-Awareness

    On Tuesday afternoon our Police Community Support Officer visited Years 5 and 6. The presentation given covered mistakes children can make and explained how they can be tricked into unwanted and potentially dangerous situations. Both year groups were very attentive, keen to ask questions and very grateful for the Officer's time.

    Photographs can be seen here.

  • 23/05/17 - Parent e-Safety Workshop

    On Tuesday evening (23rd May) parents attended a requested follow-up e-Safety workshop. Once again experiences and advice were positively shared. Recent trends and issues were discussed. Everyone very interested how one family managed their children's access to the internet, apps and websites. Additional suggestions were made and this has now been produced as a guide for all parents. Thank you to all involved for your contributions.

    Managing children's tablet and phone usage*
    *Though IOS (Apple) based most of these suggestions can be carried out on other devices.

  • 16/02/17 - Parent e-Safety Workshop

    On Wednesday evening (15th February) over 30 parents attended our e-Safety workshop. Experiences and advice were shared; a full summary is available here.
    The parents were very keen that there be follow-up meetings and these will be organised. One parent said,"It was really useful to share experiences, learn from one another and receive some good advice on what to do next. It will be good to meet again and I'd encourage other parents to attend the next meeting."

    17/02/17 - Another concerning 'Roblox' report seen by a parent who attended the workshop.
     

  • 10/11/16 - Children’s use of YouTube and other social networking sites

    In response to parental concerns and requests for guidance a letter today went home to all Key Stage 2 parents.

    This will soon be followed by an update to KS2 pupils in an assembly.

  • 21/07/16 - MovieStarPlanet – ALERT! Children’s use of Social Networking sites - UPDATE

    In response to pupil and parental concerns, and subsequent requests for guidance, a letter today went home to all Key Stage 2 parents.

    This will soon be followed by an update to KS2 pupils in an assembly.

  • 17/02/16 - as appropriate please discuss these updates and reminders with your child/children:
    1. Concern has again been expressed about the 'Talking Angela' app seeking personal information from pupils. As discussed below this understandable concern is actually based upon an ongoing online hoax. However as this app can ask pupils questions they have been told to be wary of, though harmless in itself, it could encourage children to be less careful at other times online.
    2. Our pupils know about information which is personal and private, and that they should never disclose this without seeking parental guidance.
    3. Excepting child-focussed services such as 'Club Penguin', social networking sites (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) require their users to be aged at least 13. If children do have such accounts it is recommended that their usage is monitored and privacy settings are in place. Another such 13+ networking tool is called Oovoo, currently popular with many children nationally. Sadly having fun with friends can soon include incidents of cyberbullying or the sharing of inappropriate 'selfies'.
    4. It is good practice is to talk with your children about what they like to do online and offer advice where needed.
    5. Excepting child-focussed services such as 'Club Penguin', social networking sites (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) require their users to be aged at least 13. If children do have such accounts it is recommended that their usage is monitored and privacy settings are in place. Another such 13+ networking tool is called Oovoo, currently popular with many children nationally. Sadly having fun with friends can soon include incidents of cyberbullying or the sharing of inappropriate 'selfies'.
    6. It is good practice is to talk with your children about what they like to do online and offer advice where needed.
    7. Our recent e-Safety assemblies to all children have recognised all of the positives that the internet and e-communication can offer if they are used sensibly. If in doubt our pupils should know to always talk to a trusted adult, in the first instance parents.
  • 08/12/15 - e-Safety Update Assembly:

    The children and staff were reminded of the key message to the right. Online 'stranger danger' was discussed as was who are the adults children can trust and get help from. The ThinkUKnow, KidSMART and Childline websites were shown and recommended.

  • 10/09/15 - e-Safety Assembly and Class Discussion/work:

    Our new term started with an assembly and work in classes on how to stay safe online. This year, as well as revisiting key safety guidance, we have very much let the children lead the discussions and learning. Pupils from each year group shared their experiences with one another, and with staff, and the findings were then shared across whole year groups. We learnt together about how different social media sites work and appropriately discussed some difficult issues and terminology raised by pupils.

    Written classwork showed that some children were concerned by a rumour circulated on Facebook that an app called 'Talking Angela' was letting:

    "Bad people* look at you through the talking cat's eyes and she asks you questions to find out where you live. She asks you to do bad things and can see you. I knew not to tell her and deleted the app."

    This was discussed with the children, research having been done and guidance sort.
    Though the children were reassured that this rumour was not true, see Talking Angela: Facebook-fuelled hoax, they were told that they were right to raise their worries and praised for how they had responded by deleting the app and should respond like this again. They were also praised for how they had discussed their concerns including the terminology* they had correctly raised.
    *Having raised the appropriate name for adults seeking harm to children the children's understanding of this was explored.
    This was sufficiently correct not to require any significant clarification.

  • 03/06/15 - Childrens use of Social Networking Sites:

    In response to parental concerns and requests for guidance an update letter went home to all Key Stage 2 parents. This was followed by a special e-Safety assembly on the same subject the following morning.

    The Academy is very grateful to parents for raising these concerns, for working with us to resolve the issues arising and so together best support our pupils.

  • 14/02/15 - Safer Internet afternoon and meeting for Parents and Carers:

    Following special e-Safety Assemblies for both Key Stages Mr Pascall manned an e-Safety stall during open afternoon and met with parents to offer advice and guidance on a range of issues. A large number of parents selected leaflets appropriate to their families needs and took these home.

    After school Mr Pascall and Mr Shaw met with parents to provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues, and the group discussed current trends and activities online. Attendees contibuted positively, sharing their own experience and offering advive both to each other and the school.

  • 13/02/14 - eSafety meeting for Parents and Carers:

    Mr Pascall and Mr Shaw were pleased to welcome parents/carers of pupils from every year group to this evening meeting. This event covered Safer Internet Day 2014's key messages regarding online Commercialism, Content, Conduct and Contact. The recent popularity with pupils with 'Instagram' and the issues caused by this were also discussed. A range of questions and suggestions were then made by our attendees who we thank for their positive and constructive support.

  • Autumn 2013 Assemblies:

    20 & 21/11/13 - KS1 & KS2 Assemblies: As part of Anti-Bullying Week these two assemblies focussed on Cyberbullying. Both were followed up by a range of activities in every class. Years 5 and 6 wrote some powerful alternative versions of the traditional poem 'Sticks and Stones'.

    05 & 06/09/13 - KS2 Assemblies: Mr Pascall led two assemblies at the beginning of term to remind pupils about the dangers of careless online behaviour, trusting people met online and excessive online gaming. The BBC Newround video 'Caught In The Web', narrated by David Tennant provoked some valuable discussion both in the assemblies and in classes afterwards. 

  • 06/02/13 - eSafety meeting for Parents and Carers:

    Mr Pascall and Mr Shaw thank our attendees for another positive and very constructive meeting. Of particular interest was how iPads could be better setup and managed by parents / carers. Having passed this request on, and worked with the Yorkshire and Humberside Grid for Learning on this subject, a guide has now been produced for the whole region:

    Setting restrictions on Apple mobile devices

  • Autumn 2012 Assemblies:

    18/10/12 - KS1 e-Safety Assembly: The pupils were reminded about the SMART rules and then watched a video about online gaming addiction. In the discussion that followed the children thought about how much time they spent online and suggested alternative activities that others might also enjoy. National / medical recommendations for the time children spend online each evening are in the range of 30 minutes to 1 hour.

    17/10/12 - KS1 e-Safety Assembly: The pupils were reminded about the SMART rules and then watched a video about online gaming addiction. In the discussion that followed the children thought about how much time they spent online and suggested alternative activities that others might also enjoy. National / medical recommendations for the time children spend online each evening are in the range of 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • 10/10/12 - Safer Internet Meeting:

    Mr Pascall and Mrs Allen welcomed parents / carers to this evening meeting at the KS1 site. The attendees worked in groups to discuss any concerns, solutions and positive experiences regarding their own children and the internet. The rest of the meeting was then spent looking at available parental controls - see the Windows 7 family safety guide below.

    Thank you to the attendees for all their contributions, including a demonstration of how weekly reports on children's online activities can be sent to a mobile.

  • 07/03/12 - Parents Evening e-Safety Update

    Following our work in class around Safer Internet Day in February
    an e-Safety evening for parents and carers was held.
    We would like to make sure that every family is aware of some key facts and
    guidance regarding the e-Safety of our children.

    The parents who attended the e-Safety evening were surprised what pupils in
    Key Stage 2 had said about their internet use at home and were keen that this information be given out:

    • Almost all pupils regularly access the internet at home.
    • This was on a variety of devices - laptop, PC, iPod Touch, iPad, games consoles and mobile phones.
      Most pupils used more than one of these. Most have at least one portable device.
    • Over half could access the internet alone and said this access was unfiltered.
    • Over half said they regularly engage in online ‘chat’.
    • About a quarter (rising with the age of pupils) have /or have had Facebook accounts.
      Facebook users should be 13.
    • Over 20% (again rising with age) said they played and participated in ‘chat’ on age 18+ games.
    • About a third of pupils said they had encountered ‘bad behaviour’.
      About 10% felt they had been a victim of this.
      Some worrying comments about these experiences were made.

    They were also keen that all parents and carers were aware of facts such as:

    • One of the most common acronyms in chat is ‘ASL?’ – Age, Sex, Location?
      Another is ‘POS’ – Parent over shoulder.
    • Chat in 18+ games tends to be highly abusive and inappropriate.
    • Facebook accounts can be easily opened by children with free access to the internet.
      Some pupils do not understand why they should not have accounts and often share personal information.
    • It is increasingly common for children to be victims (or perpetrators) of cyberbullying.

    Having recognised the implications of the above usage statements and facts the parents at the meeting
    wanted all parents and carers to have good information and guidance to help them exercise the same kind
    of supervision in their children’s internet usage as they would in other areas of their lives. The Academy
    has a ‘duty of care’ responsibility to provide such information, to educate pupils about positive and safe
    internet usage at school and to give guidance and support to achieve the same at home.

    The Key Stage 1 children have all recently been taught about e-Safety using the Smartie the Penguin
    resources at http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/. The Key Stage 2 children have all taken home a copy of
    the SMART e-Safety rules which can be found athttp://www.kidsmart.org.uk/beingsmart/.

    The involvement of parents and carers in the development and implementation of our e-Safety policies
    and procedures is important. Following the Key Stage 2 meeting there will be a meeting for the parents
    and carers of Key Stage 1 children during the Summer term.

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