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Online Safety

Our Online Safety Intent for all Harbour community

All children will leave Harbour with secure understanding and knowledge to be a good digital citizen, able to keep themselves safe and be kind online. They will acquire the skills to make educated and informed choices with regards to being able to navigate the online world as safely as possible and to know what to do when things go wrong.

 

Online safety is an important part of children’s education in today’s digital world. It is an integral part of our whole school curriculum. We have a wholesome approach to teaching online safety in our school. As well as teaching it as a discrete subject in all year groups, we use the Golden Thread principle which aims to embed all aspects of online safety into the children’s school life, including all curriculum areas and regular assemblies. Ultimately, our aim is for everyone in our school community to learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe, secure, and responsible way.

Our aim is to help our children understand that internet can provide a great opportunity for them to learn, socialise and play, provided they are safe. We link this to British values- Individual Liberty. Our motto is ‘With Liberty Comes Responsibility’, and we teach the children that our responsibility is to stay safe during all our online activities.

Monitoring and Filtering

In addition to the teaching of Internet safety Harbour Primary School has a number of technical measures in place to help ensure the children can use the internet and technology in a safe and secure way.

Our internet connection is filtered using a Smoothwall filtering appliance, this prevents access to most inappropriate content and provides complete logging of all internet activity and Realtime reports.  All children from year 1 onwards use individual accounts and where shared devices are used the times they are used are recorded and activity logged to the individual device.

Our IT suites and shared desktop computers make use of keyword monitoring software to log any safeguarding concerns.  Reports are reviewed daily.

There are clear guidelines in place for all users of technology in the school, with acceptable use agreements completed by all users before access is granted.

Advice for children

 BBC Own it

 https://www.bbc.com/ownit

 Think U Know 

 https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk  (advice for children)

 Childnet.com

 https://www.childnet.com/young-people/4-11-year-olds/ 

Advice for parents

We encourage parents to speak to their children about keeping safe and how to behave online.  It’s essential to be realistic. Banning the internet will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. This means that education around safe use is essential.

Top Tips for Parents:

Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find  out what sites they visit   and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have  any problems.

Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them  to use sites which are   fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.

Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning  new skills daily. It’s   important that as your child learns more, so do you.

Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who  they talk to and how long   they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills  children need to enjoy their time online.

Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in  family areas so you can   see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to  see.

Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which  devices that your child   uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the  internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.

Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile  phones. Parental   controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the   answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to  install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to   make them simple, effective and user friendly.

 

Talking about online safety with your child

Online Safety tips for parents of primary school children. 

0-5 year olds.

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-safety-guide-0-5-year-olds/

 

Online Safety tips for parents of primary school children.

6-10 year olds.

https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-safety-guide-6-10-year-olds/

Online Safety tips for parents of primary school children.

11-13 year olds.

 https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-safety-guide-11-13-year-olds/

Think U Know

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk    ( advice for parents)

Setting up your child’s devices

NSPCC helps you set up parental controls

Apps, games and social media

 

NSPCC Net Aware/Social Media has a searchable guide with age and safety ratings 

Under 5 year olds

Keeping under-fives safe online

Supporting young people with SEND online

Supporting young people with SEND online.

 

 

Digital parenting

 

Parentinfo has advice you can filter to show primary age articles only

Internet Matters has age specific practical tips to keep children safe and help them get the most from the digital world

 

 Childnet has conversation starter ideas to talk with your children 

 NSPCC has advice on talking with your children about using the internet 

 NSPCC’s Share Aware advice for parents

Online Safety Newsletters

Each term, we publish an online safety newsletter, informing you of current challenges our children are experiencing within their online interactions. In our newsletters, we also like to give you top tips and latest updates to support you further with safeguarding your children online. You can access these newsletters below.

Safeguarding Newsletters

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 5 2023/2024

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 4 2023/2024

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 3 2023/2024

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 2 2023/2024

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 1 2023/2024

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 6 2022/2023

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 5 2022/2023

Safeguarding Newsletter Term 4 2022/2023

CEOP

CEOP helps any child or young person under 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind.  This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both.

The link below will take you to the CEOP Safety Centre where you can make a report.