Covid -19 Learning at Home
Safeguarding – Online Safety
During periods of school closure we will be sending out communications and learning via text messages, emails and the school website (each class page). As we develop our Learning Platform, we will move to remote learning through this medium.
We will also be posting links to various websites that have been checked by ourselves to provide enhancement of learning or additional learning opportunities.
While there are lots of websites to use with the children we would ask that all online safety measures are taken to protect your children.
We would ask that your child/children do not spend long periods of time on electronic devices but these activities are spaced out throughout the day.
- When children are completing work or research online that they are supervised – whether through completing the work with the children or checking the sites they have been using.
- Make sure all parental controls and security settings are in place.
- Remind your child/children of keeping themselves safe online and what to do if they are unhappy with something they see online or if they are worried about anything.
- If you have any concerns about the welfare and safety of any child please report this to:
If you believe that a child or an adult is at immediate risk of harm and in need of protection then you should call the Police - 999, straight away.
Alternatively if you want advice from the Police and the child or adult is not in immediate need of protection, you can call the Police on the telephone number 101.
- You can also contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mrs Jackson either on the school contact number 01433 650434 or via the school enquires email.
Computing and E Safety
E safety forms an important part of our approach to safeguarding pupils. E safety is not taught as a one off lesson or assembly but instead it runs throughout our Computing Curriculum. We use this knowledge to support safety on line in other areas of the Primary Curriculum too.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the UK’s national child protection agency (visit www.ceop.police.uk for more information). At CEOP, we believe the start of the new school year is the perfect time to speak to your child about how they use the internet and how they can stay safe online. ClickCEOP advice and help centre, members of the public can access guidance on a broad range of topics to help protect their children, or alternatively report a concern directly to CEOP.
E Safety Links for Children
Internet Safety Checklist for Parents/Carers
Explore together - Talk to your child about what the internet is and explore it together so you can show them all the great fun and educational things they can do.
Put yourself in control - Install parental controls on your home broadband. Most internet - enabled devices also allow you to set parental controls so you can manage what content your child can see and how they interact with others online.
Use passwords - Keep your devices out of reach and set passwords on all your internet - enabled devices and don't share them. Then you'll know when and where your child is accessing the internet. You can also make sure they're not making additional purchases when they're playing games or using apps.
Search safely - Use "safer" search engines such as www.swiggle.org.uk or www.kidzsearch.com You can save time by adding these to your 'Favourites'. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines, as well as You Tube.
Manage access -Set your homepage to a child-friendly site like CBeebies and creates a user account for your child on the family computer or device which only allows access to sites you've chosen.
Be involved - Put your computer or main device in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they're using the internet and also share in their enjoyment.
Help them learn through games - You can choose safe, fun and educational online games to play with your child and that you'll be confident about them exploring. You can find good free of charge examples from companies like Disney Junior, Nick Jr and Fisher Price.
Set boundaries - It's never too early to start setting boundaries. Set some rules about how long your child can spend online.
Websites to support e- safety learning:
Advice on safer use of the internet:
Posting Images on Social Media
At Hathersage St. Michael's CE (A) Primary School we always ask at school events such as our annual Musical Show, Sports Days, Class Assembly etc, that parents/ carers do not post images/information on Social Media.
Many of us are poor at taking time to understand or check privacy settings. By sharing information online we may be unwittingly telling people exactly where they can find our children. The more personal details someone can learn about a child from social media, the more vulnerable we make them.
The only way of minimising potential risks to children is to share nothing about them online. We ask you to think carefully before posting something about our children on social media and ask:
Is this in my child’s/another child's long-term interests?
Am I considering their right to privacy?
Could I risk compromising their safety?