Online Safety

At Star we believe that everyone is equally loved and accepted. Staff and Governors are concerned that all aspects of school life are “fair” and “safe” for children, staff, parents/carers and the wider community.

Online Safety is that area of Safeguarding that deals with the acceptable behaviour needed to achieve a safe and harmonious online community. It teaches users of the internet, social media and connected devices what to do should they encounter difficulties.

Online Safety:

It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Online Safety is the duty of parents and staff. We should work with the children to ensure that all users of the “virtual” or digital world are safe and that the same standards of safety and acceptable behaviour that apply in our communities, is also applied online.

As a community we need to recognise and guard against bullying, intimidation, discrimination, grooming and exploitation of vulnerable users by the online users we know but more importantly from “stranger danger”.

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Star Primary School. We have extensive security measures and safe working practices in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.

In school children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Adults should, as you would in the real world, educate children on what to do when they encounter danger and how best to deal with it. As a school, Online Safety incidents are dealt with in accordance with our policies. Sanctions are used to deal with unacceptable behaviour and serious incidents are escalated to the appropriate authorities.

Working together:

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if staff and parents work together to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that adults speak to their children about how they can keep safe, teach them how to behave appropriately online, set rules and deal with bad behaviour.

On this page we have a number of resources and links to other websites to help us all to successfully navigate through the ever changing face of the internet.

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to contact the school. We may be able to help or direct you to get advice about keeping you and your children safe whilst online.

ICT & E-Safety Policy

Help! What should I do?

To keep yourself safe when using the internet and mobile devices use these simple rules:

Never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.

Be aware of “stranger danger”. People online can pretend to be someone else to gain your trust and confidence. Don’t keep online experiences secret – share your online experiences with family or friends – remember your real friends can help

Beware of what you share (i.e. no inappropriate words, images or videos). Think:  “Would I be embarrassed if my family or friends saw this?”

Learn how to respond to negative words, messages, images or video that upset you. Tell a trusted adult and then take steps to avoid this being repeated…

Delete spam, junk emails and texts that are not true. Don’t reply or send them to anyone else. When in doubt ask a trusted adult how to deal with it.

Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.

Talk to a trusted adult before responding to any suggestions that make you feel uncomfortable. An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.

Remember that online ‘friends’ can lie and will try to convince and influence you ‘to do things that you would not normally do’.

Keep online ‘mates’ online. Never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult you trust.

Know how to block or “unfriend” anyone who makes them feel unhappy online and report any behaviour that you feel uncomfortable with.

REMEMBER:

  • It’s never too late to tell someone when someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Adults don’t blame the victim – support them and give them your trust.

Click on the link for the appropriate advice

Places to go for help and advice


 

Online Safety Portal for Parents – Digital Parenting (Vodafone)

  • Online portal designed for parents with simple, easy to follow practical advice about online safety for their children and adults.
  • E-mag provides tips on talking to children about Online Safety.
  • Advice on protection from online grooming, cyberbullying, sexual exploitation, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content.
  • ‘How to Guides’ to secure your online safety.
 

Online Safety Portal for Children, Parents and Teachers – Childnet Internation

  • Online safety advice for children, parents, carers and anyone who works with children.
  • Annual training sessions and focussed internet safety campaigns programme for children
  • Childnet offers advice to adults and children on how avoid difficulties and stay safe online.
 

Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – Kid Smart

  • An award-winning internet safety programme for children
  • Kidsmart gives advice to adults and children on how to stay safe online.
 

 Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – Internet Matters (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media)

  • Designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens.
  • Tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. It is set up by .
 

Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – Esafety, Safeguarding & Digital Literacies

  • Resources, guidance and news relating to digital literacies, safeguarding and esafety.
  • Updated daily using social media to identify and source news and materials.
 

Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – NSPCC

  • Online Safety, Esafety, Share Aware, Netaware
  • Helpful advice and tools for parents and children.
  • Help and resources for adults to educate and explain how to stay safe online.
 

Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – by the Childline, CEOP and National Crime Agency.

  • Supporting materials, activities and links to educate children and adults about Online Safety.
  • Guidance on how to deal with Child Exploitation and how to enhance online protection.
 

 Online Safety Portal for Parents and Schools – by the Police, Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.

  • Multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world.
  • Referred to as an online 999.
  • Advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
 

Online Safety Portal for Parents and Children – by Microsoft.

  • Advice and support to help protect children and vulnerable adults from online abuse.
 

Online Safety Portal for all users – by Google

  • Website offering advice to all users of the internet.