“The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. All pupils, including those in the Early Years Foundation Stage, are positive about how well the school cares for them and keeps them safe, a view shared by all parents.” – Ofsted 2014
At St Andrew’s we recognise that new technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within school and in their lives outside of school. The internet and other digital/information technologies are powerful tools, which can be used to promote creativity, stimulate discussion and open up new opportunities for learning. Our Online Safety culture at St Andrews is intended to help ensure safe and appropriate use of the internet and related communications technologies.
While the use of these exciting learning tools, in school and at home, has been shown to improve educational standards and promote pupil achievement, it is acknowledged that these technologies can put young people at risk. While it is impossible to eliminate these risks completely, it is the school’s highest priority to provide both pupils and their parents/carers with the confidence and skills necessary to face and deal with these risks.
The school has undertaken a comprehensive programme of Online Safety training, with pupils in every class receiving age-appropriate guidance and information. Online Safety workshops for parents have been organised and all pupils (and their parents/carers) sign the school’s Acceptable Use Policy prior to them receiving individual access codes to the school’s online learning portal.
Online Safety training is an ongoing part of the curriculum.
This section of the website provides further Online Safety information, useful website, checklists and links to the school’s Online Safety and Acceptable Use Policies. As a resource, this page will receive regular updates.
Useful Online Safety downloads
“DigiDuck”, an eBook on Online Safety produced by Childnet International.
DigiDuck-Online Safety story (PDF)
Family Online Safety Guide booklet produced by Symantec.
Family Online Safety Guide(PDF)
Useful Online Safety websites
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Age-appropriate information for children on the risks of the internet/new technology. There are really useful videos on this site to watch/discuss with your children.
http://ceop.police.uk – The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre is a department of the National Crime Agency. This website provides parents/carers with a lot of background information to increase awareness.
http://www.getsafeonline.org – For lots of advice, top tips, downloadable resources and the latest online news.
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk – A fun online site with games and competitions as well as advice.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article-internet-use-and-safety – These CBeebies website pages have a lot of practical information on what parents can do, including top tips, advice on social media etc.
Good Online Safety knowledge will help deal with the risks of:
Access to illegal/harmful or inappropriate images or content, unauthorised access to/loss of/sharing personal information, grooming, online bullying, access to unsuitable/illegal video or internet games, illegal downloading, copyright infringement, excessive use of internet/new technologies.
St Andrew’s Acceptable Use Policy:
St Andrew’s Online Safety Policy: