The virtual world open up many opportunities for children but also can bring dangers. At Shebbear we teach the children the importance of keeping themselves safe online. It is an integral part of computing lessons and we ensure that children are able to look out for potential dangers. Safer Internet Day is an important event in our school calendar.
The online safety officer in school is Mr Alford. If children or parents/carers have any concerns regarding online safety, they should direct them towards him.
The school has filters on our network which help protect the children in school. These are provided by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGFL). Children are often more vulnerable at home when such filters often don’t exist.
All staff and pupils working in school are expected to use ICT in a responsible way and as such we ask that everyone signs an acceptable use agreement.
Below are some useful links which ideas about keeping children safe when on the internet.
The Professionals Online Safety Helpline is available Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Call 0344 381 4772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Info is a free web service providing information to parents and carers.
Advice from NSPCC on social networks, apps and games.
Some useful advice on ensuring social media accounts have got suitable settings.
BBC Bitesize have some great, age appropriate, online safety resources which can be found here:
A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.