At Whitchurch we take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too. Use the websites and information below to help you find the best ways to talk to your children about keeping safe online.
E-Safety at Whitchurch
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere to. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern Internet use. All infant computers are enabled with the Hector’s World Safety Button, a child-activated safety tool which children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them. Once the dophin-shaped button has been pressed, pupils are then able to alert a teacher.
The best way to protect your children online is to be informed yourself and make it part of your day to day life. We spend years training our children to cross the road and stay away from strangers in the outside world in all the daily little messages we give them before we ever let them out there on their own. Training them to be safe online should be an equal part of these safety messages, after all they can be out in the ‘world wide web’ from a very young age, unsupervised at times.
Extremism and Radicalisation
Children can be exposed to materials on line that can have great effect on their view of the world. If you are concerned about how to help protect your child from exposure to views that could cause them harm please use the link below for further guidance. You can also visit our safeguarding page to see what you can do about concerns or use the CEOP button below to report incidents.
In addition to the sites above please download the following guidance on some of the many social media sites. Also please remember that Social Media Sites (e.g. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram etc) have a minimum age requirement of 13+ in their terms and conditions. Whats App and other internet based messaging services can only be used by 16 year olds and over.
How to Deal with Concerns
If you are concerned about your child’s safety please do come and speak to your child’s class teacher in school. If you are worried that a crime has taken place online involving your child then you can also report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service) using this button:
- If you need urgent help, i.e. your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999;
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report;
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself: let the police do the detective work.
Most sites will also have their own report buttons or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.
E-Safety Workshop 2016
Thank you to all the parents who attended our latest e-safety workshop in school. Please find all the information below that was given out in the session.
It is advisable to look at the website of your broadband provider or contact them as many of the large providers have restrictions and controls that you can put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. You can also action restrictions on individual devices. Below are some links to relevant website which can assist you in this:
Internet Explorer does have parental/family settings. Please follow instructions below to set parental controls:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar
- Select “Internet Options”
- Choose the “Content” tab
- Click “Enable”
- Adjust the slider to select the level you deem appropriate for your child
- Save changes
Firefox has an add-on called ‘Fox Filter’ which can be applied.
For more e-safety information, visit the E-Safety Portal on Frog and the online safety advice for parents below.
Online Safety Advice for Parents
Linked below are articles from Parent Info, which provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone.
Parent Zone was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, Parent Zone’s work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. They provide information, resources and training for parents and those who work with them.
CEOP is the child protection command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP reaches over three million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 100,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people.
Mobile Phones in School
At Whitchurch Primary School the welfare and well-being of our pupils is paramount. Our policy on the use of mobile phones in school has been drawn up in the best interests of pupil safety and staff professionalism.
Pupils are not permitted to have mobile phones at school or on trips, unless permission has been given by the year group leader. If in the rare event of a parent wishing for his/her child to bring a mobile phone to school to contact the parent after school:
- The parent must complete and return the attached form at the bottom of this page, and return for consideration by the year group leader.
- The phone must be handed in and switched off, to the year groups designated person first thing in the morning, and collected by the child at home time (the phone is left at the owner’s own risk).
- Pupils are not allowed to take photographs of other pupils or staff in school.
- Mobile phones brought to school without permission will be confiscated and must be collected by the parent.
- All staff must have their phones on ‘silent’ or switched off during class time.
- All staff may not make or receive personal calls during teaching time/ contracted hours unless it is work related. If there are extreme circumstances (eg. acutely sick relative) the member of staff should make the Head Teacher aware of this and will have discussed the need to make an emergency call.
- Use of phones must be limited to non-contact time/ lunchtime when no children are present.
- Phones must be kept out of sight (eg. drawer, handbag, staff cupboard) when staff are with children. Photographs may be taken on personal phones with permission of the year group leader.
- Provided that the phone is not enabled for ‘cloud-based’ or synchronised storage* outside the control of the school, personal phones may be used to take photographs of children but photographs should not be stored for more than 5 school days or use to store pupils personal data. Personal phones should not be connected to non-school computers for back up until after any such photos are removed.
* includes but is not limited to iCloud, DropBox, Flickr etc.
Parents and other visitors
- Mobile phones must never be used to take photographs in the school building or grounds during school hours, or outside without the specific permission of all parents whose children might be included.
- We very much appreciate our parents’ support in implementing this policy in order to keep your children / our pupils safe. Please download the permission form at the end of the mobile phone policy and return it to school should you wish your child to bring a phone into school.
Safe Technology Use
At Whitchurch the children are constantly encouraged to use modern technology to support their learning; therefore, we teach them to be safe and expect them to follow the rules below to protect themselves and their friends.
- I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the internet;
- I will only use my login and password, which I will keep secret;
- I will not access other peoples files;
- I will use the computers only for school work and homework;
- I will not bring disks into school unless I have permission;
- I will only e-mail people I know, or my teacher has approved;
- The messages I send will be polite and sensible;
- I will not give my home address or phone number, or arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer or teacher has given permission;
- To help other pupils and myself, I will tell a teacher if I see anything I feel is inappropriate or I receive messages I do not like;
- I understand that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the Internet sites I visit.
- I will only bring a mobile phone into school if my parent, carer or teacher gives me permission to;
- I will keep my phone switched off on the school premises and will only use it if my teacher gives me permission to in an emergency;
- To help other pupils and myself, I will tell a teacher or my parent if I see I receive messages I do not like.