The Internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, and, just like pupils across the country, the pupils here at Holbeton Primary School spend a great deal of time using the Internet within school and at home.
We value computing within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing modern technology. From laptops to tablets, our children are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles.
This is why it is important pupils learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.The online safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly.
The whole school has a specific Online Safety Focus per term which will be taught and discussed in lessons as well as whole school assemblies:
- Autumn 1 - Media Balance and Well Being
- EYFS: Pause for People - How do you say goodbye to technology when you don't want to?
- KS1: Rings of Responsibility - How do digital citizens take responsibility for themselves, their communities, and their world?
- KS2: Finding My Media Balance - What does Media Balance mean to me?
- Autumn 2 - Privacy and Security
- EYFS: Safety in my Online Neighbourhood - How do you go places safely online?
- KS1: Password Powerup - How can a strong password help protect your privacy?
- KS2: Private and Personal Information - What information about you is OK to share online?
- Spring 1 - Digital Footprint and Identity
- EYFS: Pause and Think Online - How can we be safe, responsible, and respectful online?
- KS1: This is me - How does what I post online affect my identity?
- KS2: Beyond Gender Stereotypes - How do gender stereotypes shape our experiences online?
- Spring 2 - Relationships and Communication
- EYFS: Media Balance is Important - How do we find a happy balance between our online and offline activities?
- KS1: Our Digital Citizenship Pledge - What makes a strong online community?
- KS2: Keeping Games Fun and Friendly - How can I be positive and have fun while playing games online and help others do the same?
- Summer 1 - Cyberbullying, Digital Drama and Hate Speech
- EYFS: Putting a STOP to online meanness - What should you do if someone is mean to you online?
- KS1: The Power of Words - What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?
- KS2: What's cyberbullying? - What is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?
- Summer 2 - News and Media Literacy
- EYFS: Let's give credit - How can you give credit for other people's work?
- KS1: Is Seeing Believing? - Why do people alter digital photos and videos?
- KS2: Reading news online - What are the important parts of an online news article?
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet, both in school and at home. We have added some documents below that contain useful information on how to keep your children safe, tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of online safety and specific advice on online gaming. We have also included various links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.
We also encourage parents to set up filtering on their home internet. To learn how to do this for the major providers of internet please click the text below.
In school, children learn about online safety through a scheme of lessons and assemblies. We also encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about how to behave safely when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home.
Our children know to report any inappropriate content, contact or conduct they encounter online to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) by visiting this page and clicking our report button below.
CEOP also has a great website of information on online safety for parents. Please click the link below to visit the page.
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK