Children need to be taught to be safe in the digital online world and Online Safety is a whole school issue. It is key to safeguarding and is seen as integral to the entire school curriculum as we now use Internet capable technology increasingly in all subject areas. Online safety is taught as a subject in its own right - in addition it particularly features in computing and PSHE/RSE, and is woven into all subject policies and teaching. It is bolstered by regular features in Olga Matters, assemblies, Safer Internet Day and periodic parent workshops.
We follow a progressive programme of study based on the materials from National Online Safety and these are supplemented by the Switched On Computing & the PSHE/RSE curriculum. National Online Safety covers a range of skills and behaviours designed to keep pupils safe and that are appropriate to a child’s age and experience - these are referred to in detail in our separate Online Safety Curriculum Document. National Online Safety materials have been designed with the demands of the government document, Keeping Children Safe in Education.
The Internet can be a great tool for gathering information, learning new skills, and communicating with friends and family. Hand in hand with an increasing number of household devices that are connectable to the Internet there is a growing pressure on parents to allow children more and more time online. This can be a good thing as long as we know what a child is doing. Children need to be monitored and taught what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
At Olga we recognise that the Internet gives children access to an extraordinary range of information that can help support their learning across the curriculum. We teach them to use safe and responsible behaviour whenever they use devices connected to the Internet; in school this includes safely using iPads, Chromebooks and desk top computers as well as related technologies such as email, Airdrop, video meets, G-Suite for Education (including Meets and Classroom and a wide range of other apps).
We employ the web throughout the school. Internet access is provided by the London Grid for Learning, which provides a service that aims to filter out content that is inappropriate for children. All children have access to iPads that provide Internet access. Years 2-6, have access to Chromebooks and teachers use interactive whiteboards which are connected to the Internet as well. Pupils are always supervised when using these facilities and equipment.
Parents are asked to sign a consent form as part of the admissions procedure to allow their child to access the Internet within school. If they have any queries regarding our internet safety procedures, they can e-mail the school office.
All children from Years 1-6 are expected to sign a 'Computing Acceptable Use Agreement'. These are Key Stage appropriate and help to raise awareness of key things the children need to do and understand. This helps ensure that they are better equipped to keep themselves and the community safe when using computer equipment and in the online world. Before the children sign, the agreement is explained to them by their class teacher. It is then glued in their books in Y1 and Y2, and we share the document digitally with Ys 3-6. This is done every September.
Find out about the London Grid for Learning's Undressed Campaign and help to educate your children about how to stay safe when using video technology Online. The children are reminded about the messages in this video at the start of the academic year and posters are in every room from Y1-6
Other useful video links are:
For children in Years 1-3 you may want to talk through and learn the dance here: Pause & Think Online - YouTube
For children in years 4-6 you might want to watch this: CBBC Lifebabble - Staying Safe Online - YouTube
You can also watch this video with children of all ages: 5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids - YouTube
Children could also come up with safety tips of their own...The school would suggest that all children know to "never meet up with someone you have met online" – something that we emphasise in school.
Read our Online safety policy by clicking here
Useful Links To Help keep Your Child Safe Online
A really useful interactive guide to managing the safety settings on your electronic devices around your home: