'Be the same person privately, publicly and personally.' ~ Judah Smith
While we appreciate the benefits of going online, we are also aware of the risks. At St Peter’s teaching E-Safety is at the heart of our computing curriculum and general safeguarding of children. Please also refer to our Safeguarding page and our RSHE page within the Curriculum page. In recognising the importance of keeping our children safe online the school's weekly newsletter provides always has an e-safety section providing additional and timely updates.
How we teach the children
The risks are grouped into 4 categories:
- Conduct: children’s behaviour may put them at risk
- Content: access to inappropriate or unreliable content may put children at risk
- Contact: interaction with unsuitable, unpleasant or dangerous people may put children at risk
- Commercialism: children’s use of platforms with hidden costs may put them at risk
Our E-safety curriculum is linked to our computing scheme of work, although we recognise it is part of our RSHE curriculum too. Each year the children begin with specific e-safety lessons, after which they complete their pupil acceptable use agreements (please see Online Safety Policy 2020 at bottom of page). We then revisit e-safety during the national anti-bullying week held each November, and again during the e-safety week in February. E-safety then becomes an integral part of the computing units of work. Please see the curriculum below.
At St Peter’s we are committed to keeping children safe, this includes online safety. We are part of the Cyber Ambassador scheme run by Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner. We have 9 trained Cyber Ambassadors across the school to promote and teach online safety. The Cyber Ambassadors use various interactive and age-appropriate learning materials to deliver cyber education. The Cyber Ambassadors mission is #GoFISH which stands for Go Find Internet Safety Help.
The scheme is based around ‘Cyber Monsters’ which do unkind things online. We need to be aware of these when we are on the internet in order to be safe. Each monster has a name and a ‘motive’. The monsters are:
- Meanataur - Sharing mean things online / cyber bullying
- Angler - Uses unsecure links, pop-ups to get you onto different websites
- Info-Eater - Likes to encourage you to share personal information and passwords
- Selphire - Likes you to post photos online / privacy
- Bi-Diphorous - Strangers online that pretend to be someone else.
You can find more information here https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/youth-commission/campaigns/gofish/primaryambassador
Once trained, our Cyber Ambassadors teach their class and phase about each of the Cyber Monsters and how to defeat them. The Cyber Ambassadors meet once a week to continue online safety training and to plan what to teach next.
How we support you at home
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. However the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. Please remember to report to the school any issues of cyberbullying that should occur, even if at home and out of school hours.
You can download a simple checklist below, ‘E-Safety Checklist for Parents’ that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on this page which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents, ‘Keeping Young Children Safe Online’ and at St Peter's, we've produced an E-safety booklet with handy tips for parents, ‘E-safety Booklet for Parents - St Peter's’. You can download both at the bottom of the page.
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here
The following links also provide excellent resources to support you in talking about E-Safety with your child:
Meanwhile here are some documents that can help parents understand both the advantages and the possible dangers of popular social media and gaming:
'The internet's not written in pencil, it's written in ink.' ~ Szpunar AG