Online Safety at St Mary & St Pancras
At St Mary & St Pancras CE Primary school we take online safety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of all children to feel safe and secure when using different types of digital technology.
By embedding online safety across our curriculum, we aim to empower our young children to use the internet and other technologies safely and responsibly. We ensure that all children know what to do if they are uncomfortable with anything they see, hear or experience online and teach them the correct way to report it.
We have a simple procedure to deal with such incidents at school which we hope is also used at home:
If something doesn’t feel right… it probably isn’t.
Tell an adult you trust straight away. At STMP every child chooses two adults in school as their ‘safe’ adults and we encourage children to express their worries through talking or through the use of class worry-boxes which are checked regularly and acted upon.
Our online safety policy holds detailed information about how we ensure our children remain safe in their use of digital technology. You can download it below.
Advice for parents and carers.
It is vital that parents carers work together with us to ensure that our children stay safe in their use of technology.
When we talk about online safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things.
There are several elements to online safety that we teach at St Mary & St Pancras:
- How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn’t.
- How to keep ourselves safe – keeping our details private and keeping our data secure.
- How to behave when using technology – being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This is directly linked with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology – not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.