Why is eSafety important?
Here at Green Ridge, we take every aspect of children’s’ safety very seriously. In the quickly evolving world of technology and social media, eSafety has never been more relevant.
Both the academy and parents/guardians need to ensure all is done to make technology an enjoyable, but safe, resource for learning and playing.
How does the academy cover eSafety?
Quite often, the first experience the children get with many technologies is at school; it is therefore important they are taught how to use them correctly and safely. As an academy, it is our duty to teach children about eSafety discreetly in computing lessons, assemblies and also through themed days.
e-Safety is taught across the school in a range of different ways, and this includes being part of bespoke Computing lessons, PSHE lessons, alongside whole-school learning such as at the start of term e-Safety refresher and as part of Safer Internet Day. An overview of planned opportunities for teaching about e-Safety and progression can be found here: e-Safety Curriculum Overview (318KB). We also use all available informal opportunities to teach and remind pupils about their online safety, such as when using iPads or laptops in class throughout the curriculum.
Promoting E Safety at School
Regular e safety guidance is vital as there are constant changes in online communication and technologies and we constantly look for opportunities to promote e safety.
- We provide opportunities within the school curriculum to teach about e safety.
- Pupils are made aware of legislation such as data protection, copyright, safe use of images and intellectual property – which bring limitations but are designed to protect.
- Pupils are aware of the impact of cyberbullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying.
Promoting E Safety in the Home
We also believe it is important for parents/carers to be aware online and technological developments to ensure that they are able to protect their children in the home – where most online interaction takes place.
To this end we will –
- Seek opportunities to communicate safety issues to parents. Items on newsletters, parent advice meetings, literature in school
- Make e safety newsletters available via the school website.
- Create a bank of useful online resources for parents.
- Seek feedback from parents regarding e safety matters.
Please find below copies of an e-Safety newsletter, published by Herts for Learning, giving parents advice and strategies to support e-Safety outside of school.