Elmlea Junior School is committed to safeguarding children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Safer Internet Day 2020

We are celebrating Safer Internet Day in school this year which is around the theme of our online identity. We have started with an assembly based on how we share information online and that we should keep information private. We also discussed how our online identity is still us and we should respect others online as we do offline.

Please continue to have discussions with your children at home and create an environment where everybody is open with what they do online.

Here are some links that might be useful:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2020/safer-internet-day-2020-top-tips/safer-internet-day-2

Here are some useful (and safe) websites to view when discussing e-safety with your children:

http://parentinfo.org/   Parent Info from CEOP and The Parent Zone

http://www.thinkuknow.com/ (Games and activities for children in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3)

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ (Games and activities)

http://ceop.police.uk/ (Advice and help for parents, including how to make a report)

UK Safer Internet Centre (Advice on how to set up parental controls)

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew (This has 5 videos explaining what SMART means, and has an easy-to-understand and clear message)

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

Setting safety and privacy settings on social media sights

Our E-Safety Policy

This policy has been reviewed in accordance with the statutory guidance set out in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (DofE 2018), with specific reference to Part 1.

E-safety is a whole-school responsibility, and at Elmlea Junior School the staff and pupils have adopted the following charter for the safe use of the internet inside the school:

E-Safety in the Curriculum (This should be read in conjunction with both the Safeguarding Policy and Anti Bullying Policy which can be found here)

  • Rules for internet access will be posted in all rooms where computers are used.
  • A module on responsible internet use and e-safety will be included in the curriculum covering both school and home use. This will include the necessity of keeping personal information safe, how to use mobile technologies effectively and using online communication appropriately.
  • Instruction on responsible and safe use should precede internet access.
  • Pupils will be informed that internet use will be monitored.
  • We expect pupils to treat staff and each other online with the same standards of consideration and good manners as they would in the course of face-to-face contact. The school community should always follow the school’s Golden Rules. Everyone has a right to feel secure and to be treated with respect, particularly the vulnerable. Harassment and bullying by pupils will not be tolerated either inside or out of school.
  • All pupils are encouraged to look after each other. They should report any worries about the misuse of technology to a member of staff, who will take appropriate action.

Parents and E-Safety

  • Parents’ attention will be drawn to updates in this policy via the newsletter and school website.
  • A partnership approach with parents will be encouraged; this will include e-safety workshops/information evenings at regular intervals.

Keeping the School Network Safe  

The filtering of internet content provides an important means of preventing users from accessing material that is illegal or inappropriate in an educational context. The filtering system cannot, however, provide a 100% guarantee that it will do so.

As a part of the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and Bristol City Council (BCC) Intranet, Elmlea Junior School automatically receives the benefits of a managed filtering service, with some flexibility for changes at a school level.

The Computing Technical Staff and the E-Safety Coordinator will be responsible for this area. Requests to block or unblock internet sites will be made via Computing Technical Staff who will:

  • Agree the request with the Headteacher
  • Pass the request to the BCC filtering team

We have strong anti-virus protection on our network. Staff will receive regular updates and training on topical issues surrounding internet use by both staff and pupils.

Safe Use of Personal Electronic Equipment

  • Our guidance is that no one should put anything onto the web that they would not say to their grandmother.
  • We offer guidance on the safe use of social networking sites and cyberbullying in PSHEE lessons.
  • Our PSHEE lessons include guidance on how pupils can identify the signs of a cyber-stranger, and what they should do if they are worried about being harassed online.
  • We offer guidance on keeping names, addresses, passwords, mobile phone numbers and other personal details safe. Privacy is essential in the e-world.
  • We give guidance on how to keep safe at home, not opening unknown attachments and reporting any illegal content.
  • We endeavour to keep parents informed of any issues of which we become aware which may affect the wider school community.

Mobile Technologies

  • Appropriate use of mobile phones will be taught to pupils as part of their PSHEE/E-safety programme.
  • Emerging technologies will be examined for educational benefit and the risk assessed before use in school is allowed.
  • The impact of sending abusive or inappropriate messages is explored during Computing and PSHEE lessons.
  • Parents may seek permission of the Headteacher for their children to bring mobile phones into school. In these instances, the phones should be switched off and kept in the child’s school bag whilst on school premises.
  • Phones are not to be taken out or used during the school day. On no account are mobile phones, still or video cameras to be used on school premises.
  • Pupils found with unauthorised mobile phones will be asked to give them to the Headteacher.

Central records are kept by the school to document specific incidences of bullying (including cyberbullying) together with action taken.

We expect all pupils to abide by these rules for the safe use of the internet, and pupils must agree to the safe use of the school system before they log in. We will impose sanctions for the misuse, or attempted misuse, of the internet.