IMPORTANT INFORMATION DURING OUR SCHOOL CLOSURE
DURING OUR SCHOOL CLOSURE, WE ARE INCREASINGLY ASKING OUR CHILDREN TO USE ONLINE METHODS OF LEARNING. WE WANT TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR PUPILS DURING THIS TIME SO HAVE SHARED 3 ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU IN THE DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENT SECTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE (THE FIRST 3 LISTED). PLEASE TAKE TIME TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE SAFTEY AGREEMENT WITH YOUR CHILD AND TAKE TIME TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS YOURSELF, THEY ARE CRUCUIAL TO YOUR CHILD'S WELLBEING.
PLEASE ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU CLOSELY MONITOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT YOUR CHILD SPENDS ONLINE AND THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE SITES THAT THEY ARE ACCESSING. TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT TO DO IF THEY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH ANYTHING THAT THEY SEE OR HEAR ONLINE.
IN OUR WEEKLY TIMETABLES OF WORK FOR PUPILS WE ARE ENSURING A BALANCE OF ONLINE LEARNING WITH TASKS AND ACTIVITIES THAT ENSURE PUPILS GET ACTIVE, GO OUTSIDE AND HAVE TIME TO REFLECT ON THEIR EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU SPEND TIME ON THESE TASKS WITH YOUR CHILDREN TOO.
Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Blakesley CE Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Please see our Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements in the Sidebar.
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Consider using the 4D’s of Digital safety at home
- Digital Free Zone – making upstairs a ‘screen-free zone’ helps you to support and monitor your child’s internet usage.
- Digital Sunset – set a shut off time for all screens and stick to it.
- Digital Role Models – think about the example that you set – how much time you spend on screen, how you use Social Media and how you model the 4D’s.
- Digital Detox – Can you have days without using a screen? How can you support your child with this?
Developing children’s Digital Resilience is critical in keeping them safe on line. This means teaching them how to think critically, identify ‘fake news’, know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about something they find online and to take positive decisions.
The Vodafone Digital Parenting site’s article ‘What is Digital Resilience?’ gives advice and information that all parents should be aware of. Please click here to find out more:
The NSPCC offer advice and guidance to teachers, pupils and parents through their Speak Out Stay Safe programme.
Online Safety Policies