E-Safety is priority at Grampian Primary Academy. The online world offers amazing opportunities but also brings elements of potential risk and for parents & carers, making sense of the online world can appear to be an enormous challenge.
Unlike previous generations, the online environment is an integral part of children’s lives and therefore we can no longer consider their wellbeing or safety without also considering their relationship to technology.
However, staying safe online is fundamentally about behaviours rather than the technology itself and if approached from this perspective, we can begin to gain confidence to support our children.
The internet is not going to go away so teaching the children about how to use it safely and properly is a key responsibility for us. It is therefore important that we work together as a school community to ensure that our children are kept safe. In school children will be taught about online safety as part of the curriculum.
In Key Stage 1, children will be taught to:
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private.
- Identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In Key Stage 2, children will be taught to:
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
- Recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
- Identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
In school each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. We also have an Acceptable Use Agreement for our younger children. A copy of these agreements can be found below:
Further information can be found in our E-Safety policy.
Advice for Parents
It is important that you are aware of what young people are able to do and what they can access on the internet. You are able to set parental controls to track what your children do and to limit what they can access. The NSPCC have a dedicated information section for parents to support them in managing their children’s use of social media and online gaming with specific advice on popular games and what you, as parents need to know.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is part of the UK policing and is dedicated to keeping children and young people safe online. You can click on the sign below to find out more about CEOP. There are links to activities for children, advice to parents and a direct link to report any concerns you have.
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets.
The government has published an advice leaflet for parents and carers on Cyberbullying which can be found here:
For Parents Guides on some of the most popular online platforms please click the buttons below: