e-Safety is about using ICT (information and communication technologies) in a safe and responsible way. The internet is a wonderful resource but access to it has it's risks for children.
At School, e-Safety is an important part of our safeguarding duty. We have extensive security measures in place at school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material, and any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed by school staff along with our IT support service.
e-Safety is explicitly taught to all pupils through both computing and PHSE lessons explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. It is also addressed through assemblies and special events such as Safer Internet Day in February. We use a range of resources, including our SCARF PHSE programme and the excellent resources produced by the South West Grid for Learning https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/.
Our Computer Suite comprising of 30 desktop computers
Children in Year 1 & above, also have an opportunity to increase their ICT knowledge further during Coding Club which is a teacher-led club held in our Computer Suite on Wednesdays after School. During Coding Club children regularly make use of LEGO Wedo, to make models controlled by the computer. Children from KS2 who attend Coding Club can apply to become 'digital leaders'. These are child representatives who run assemblies on e-safety and have held workshops to teach younger children coding activities. They act as digital ambassadors for the school & enjoy the responsibility this important role brings.
We are very appreciative of the huge support we receive from KESA, last November they funded purchase of a class set of Chromebook laptops. Initially these will be used in Years 5 & 6 to continue with our development of Google Classroom as well as provide our oldest children in School with more opportunity to widen their ICT knowledge & experience. They also funded the purchase of LEGO Wedo, which is a computing tool where programmable models can be made and enjoyed.
It is important that children stay safe online at home, as well as at School. We recognise that it is sometimes difficult to stay abreast of the ever-changing online world, therefore please check this page regularly for current updates & articles we shall post providing information obtained from online safety sites and resources aimed at parents. In particular, we hope these articles will give further information & understanding with regard to those latest apps, social media platforms and games that your child may be asking about having access to (or may already be using).