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.
At Hathersage St Michael’s C of E (A) Primary, we aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the safe use of computing and information technology. Our computing curriculum aims to equip children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world around them. We intend for our pupils to be taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Our computing curriculum also intends to ensure that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace. Our intention is that computing also encourages children’s creativity and cross curricular learning. As of September 2021, we have also joined the Derby and Derbyshire County Council i-vengers online safety programme. This is a programme that will be led by some of our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, to empower all young people, their families and wider community to use the internet safely in a way that will advance and enrich their lives for the better!
Computing at our school allows children to access and understand the world in which we live and our planning carefully follows the guidance and objectives from the National Curriculum. This is achieved through weekly discrete Computing lessons across KS1 and KS2 as well as opportunities to utilise computing skills to support and enhance learning in a range of other subjects. In our mixed Reception/Year 1 and single age Year 2 classes, children are taught to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully and this progresses through into KS2 where children are taught to be programmers and to implement computing across all areas of the curriculum.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We encourage the children to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes. We see the progression in the children’s confidence in the use of computer technology throughout the years from Reception to Y6 and this shows the positive impact of our teaching and learning of computing across the Key Stages.
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?