For Parents & Carers
The Internet and technologies are powerful resources for students, parents/carers and staff to use as part of our everyday lives, both in our working and social environments. We encourage the safe and responsible use of computers, mobile devices, social media and the Internet.
Mr Tierney – Assistant Principal responsible for E-Safety
|Telephone: 0113 2558277 or e-mail email@example.com|
Online Safety During COVID-19
During this period of remote working, ICT and the internet are essential tools for teaching, learning and communication. It is important that students and staff use it appropriately and practise good online safety and that all members of the school community are aware of the dangers of using the internet and how they should conduct themselves online.
During lockdown students are spending more time online and therefore the potential for online exploitation is at its highest. Click here for online safety advice for parents
At the beginning of Year 7 our new students are introduced to the school network and given guidance on e-safety and the safe use of IT equipment (health & safety guidance, hazards).
Our Year 7 E-Safety Parent Information Evening enables our IT specialists to work with parents/carers to raise awareness of the risks of the Internet and mobile devices and share guidance/useful tips for the whole family on how to stay safe. Parents are also encouraged to have open discussions with their children to ensure all are aware of the risks of online useage.
KS3, 4 and 5 Computing
E-safety is delivered as a specialist unit to all Year 7 and 8 students, focussing on the key issues (social networking, risks of on-line useage, identifying and reporting concerns and promoting the responsible use of the Internet and devices). Within the remaining Computing units we cover other important e-safety issues such as computer misuse, hacking, data protection and social responsibilities.
Students who take Computing as a subject option continue to embed their e-safety knowledge throughout Year 9, 10, 11 and Post 16. E-safety awareness is further instilled through our extra-curricular Computing Club available to all our students.
Safer Internet Week
Pudsey Grangefield School takes part in the annual Safer Internet Day. In 2015 there was an entire week of activities based around the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’ aimed at promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology with all our students.
Monitoring and Filtering
Our Internet access is monitored and filtered through the Smoothwall platform so that only appropriate material on the internet can be accessed. This applies to any device connected to the school wifi including student’s own devices. Students also have to agree to the school’s Acceptable Use Policy before they can use any IT equipment or have access to the internet.
Local primary links to raise e-safety awareness
Our IT specialists work closely with local primary schools, primary students and their parents by presenting bespoke e-safety sessions.
Help and Advice for parents/carers and students
|Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre combines police powers with the expertise of business sectors, government, specialist charities and other interested organisations - all focused on tackling child sex abuse.||http://ceop.police.uk/|
|A helpful practical guide for parents and carers on online safety. Click opposite to download.|
|Good student and parent friendly websites that gives advice on managing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube accounts:|
|Childnet International a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.|
Childnet’s Chat Danger website gives details about the potential dangers of interactive services like chat, IM, online games, e-mail and mobiles
|Kidsmart is practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Child net International. There are lesson plans and accompanying resources to help teach KS2 & 3 students about Internet safety.|
|Digizen is all about recognizing and dealing with online hazards, and about building safe places and communities and learning how to manage personal information. The site also has links to cyberbullying, social networking.|