Online Safety at La Salette Primary School
Digital technology has become an integral part of the lives of children, both within school and at home. These technologies open up new opportunities for everyone and can initiate discussion and promote creativity leading to effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times. At La Salette we recognise the importance of technology within today's society. However, with this comes the responsibility to ensure our children become good digital citizens. Part of our safeguarding role is to ensure our children are safe online and it is essential that all interested parties work together to ensure the safety of our children.
Our school will ensure that pupils at our school have good access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and in return expect children to agree to be responsible users. All our children agree to an Acceptable Use Policy which was created to promote safe use of the internet and digital technology at all times. A copy of the AUP is available for you to view here. KS1/KS2
At the beginning of every academic year, our children will begin computing lessons with an emphasis on how to stay safe when online. Children are taught about Online Safety throughout the year and they are also coached by their peers, via the Digital Leaders. The technology they use is protected by strong filtering systems.
The Digital Leaders have an essential role within our school. They work together with Miss O'Flynn to learn more about Online Safety issues and they then peer teach within their classes listening to the views of their fellow pupils. They assist with distributing important information to parents and take a lead role to ensure the rules for being SMART online are known throughout the school.
Educate against hate in person or online
We want our children to grow up protected from all kinds of harm including extremism and radicalisation. The government have produced a new website where you can find out information to help you learn more about and understand the issues to protect your child. Click on the Educate against hate website here to find out more.
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 was enacted on 1st July 2015 which places obligations on schools to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Schools are required to ensure they have safeguarding arrangements to promote pupils’ welfare and prevent radicalisation and extremism. All staff at La Salette have received training with regard to this legislation and the guidance within the Prevent Duty assists schools to help build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. Staff receive regular Safeguarding training to ensure they are aware of the joint responsibilities to ensure our children are safe.
Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
Online Safety Links