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 below the guidance the Academy has given recently. There are also links to useful websites.
‘ThinkUKnow’ Guidance during School Closure
Apart from the children of ‘key workers’ most of our children had to stay at home between April and June 2020. This introductory e-Safety guidance was sent to all Academy families via pupils’ Seesaw accounts.
This was followed up by class teachers sharing ThinkUKnow e-safety activities for children to complete with their parents.
13/02/20 – PACE stall at Open Afternoon
Victoria from PACE and Catherine from Calderdale Council have been running an online safety stall at Key Stage 2 during our Open Afternoon. They have shared information about keeping children safe online and about child exploitation.
Thank you to the Year 6 helpers who really impressed our visitors with their knowledge of, and approach to, online safety.
11/02/20 – Facebook Post for wider Academy Community
Today is worldwide Safer Internet Day. All pupils have thought about how to behave online; to treat others as they would like to be treated. In our special assemblies we have learnt about protecting personal information when online.
The Academy would recommend that families consider and adopt the NSPCC/O2’s ‘TEAM’ approach to children’s online safety:
- T – talk about staying safe online
- E – explore the online world together
- A – agree rules about what’s ok and what’s not
- M – manage your family’s settings and controls
- And repeat, making it part of everyday life.
You can find out more about different apps at the NSPCC’s https://www.net-aware.org.uk
11/02/20 – Safer Internet Day Lessons & Assemblies
KS1: In our special Key Stage 1 assembly we thought about how we are all different, how to enjoy using the internet and how to stay safe when online. We also discussed how to behave towards others online, to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. Pupils learnt what to do if something upsets them: to always tell a trusted adult.
KS2: Building up to worldwide Safer Internet Day, each class has discussed and learnt about ‘netiquette’: how to behave towards others online, to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. WhatsApp (required user age 16) and TikTok (required user age 13) have been discussed as these apps have been mentioned by some parents with some concern and are used by many of our pupils. Pupils learnt about privacy settings, the possible dangers of group conversations and what to do if something upsets them, possibly blocking but always telling a trusted adult. In our special assembly we also thought about protecting our personal information when online.
22/11/19 – TikTok: Guidance for Parents
Following concerns from parents following coverage in the press, The “Expert view of the risks” of TikTok on the NSPCC/O2 ‘NetAware’ site is concerning and worth being aware of. This has been shared with the parents of all Year 3 to year 6 children via Seesaw.
18/09/19 – BBC ‘Own It’ app
The BBC has today launched an online safety smartphone app called ‘Own It’. It has been designed for children aged 8-13 who’ve got their first smartphone. The advice and tips offered could be helpful to any young person.
The app builds up a picture of a child’s digital well-being and serves relevant content, information and interventions designed to help your child understand the impact that their online behaviour can have on themselves, and on others.
If a child is under 13 they’ll need a parent or guardian to download it for them from the Google Play Store or iTunes app store.