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 and our aim for our children is to become good digital citizens.
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. All of our staff are CEOP trained (November 1st 2021) and understand their role in supporting children understand how to navigate the online world as safely as possible.
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 an X-Box), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many apps that children can now access and communicate with. The online world is very exciting to children but a minefield of potentially harmful scenarios. We ask that parents understand their role in supervising their child’s online activity. Children who bring phones to school have to hand them in at the office until the end of the day. Reports of issues online between children outside of school are very rare but when they do happen, take valuable learning time to resolve. Our advice to parents remains the same; think about what access to the online world you child has and when, talk to them about your expectations of how they use technology and use parental controls and seek advice if you need to. We will always support children and parents if a difficult situation occurs but most are preventable.
There are several elements to online safety that we teach at St Mary & St Pancras:
- How to use the internet and devices 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 positive learning behaviour, relationships education and anti-bullying policies.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology – not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.