Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford School we integrate a wide variety of technology into our lessons to support and enhance the children’s learning. E-safety is at the forefront of our teaching and underpins much of the work we do throughout the curriculum. We endeavour to teach e-safety to the children through the a range of different subjects, supported by focused assemblies, as well as visits from external specialists.
We teach our children to always be SMART online, and our key message is simply - 'the internet is generally a safe place, but if anything ever concerns you or upsets you - report it to an adult you know and trust'.
The children in Stanford School have had a whole week of activities linked with Safer Internet Day 2017 to reinforce the importance of staying safe when online. We had a visit from Barclays Bank who did a whole morning of activities with our Y5 & 6 pupils, as well as whole school assemblies and in class learning opportunities to remind the children of the simple steps to follow to ensure they enjoy all the wonderful benefits the internet can bring.
In this section we have found a range of useful guides for parents relating to website popular with children and teenagers. These guides contain useful information about these sites as well as practical tips for deciding the suitability of the site for you child.
One of the biggest problems currently faced in schools is related to issues caused outside of school hours, through online activity on social media sites. Please be aware of the age restrictions which many of these sites enforce as part of their terms and conditions. These restrictions are in place as many social media sites are not appropriate for children of primary school age and are potentially unsafe for them to use. The guides found in this section detail some of these issues.
This guide details many dangers of online grooming. Although very rare, being vigilant is a necessary element of protecting children online. The school take E-Safety education seriously and follows the advice of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to educate and provide a range of safety information for our children and their parents/carers.
For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents which is a very useful site for both parents and children to find further information and advice, or to report a concern about any online activity. See also their Online Grooming Factsheet.
At Stanford we encourage the children to Stop and Think when using technology and follow the S.M.A.R.T. Rules:
Don't give out your personal information.
This includes your name, email address, phone number and passwords.
Never meet up with someone you only know online.
They are still strangers, even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Don't open junk mail or reply to unwanted messages.
Beware: not all people are reliable -they might not be who they say they are.
Always check information with someone who knows, books or other websites.
Always tell somebody, preferably an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried.
This could be a parent, carer, friend or other trusted adult.
Don’t forget you can always log-off and leave the website.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
This is Stanford’s homepage which the children are familiar with when they log onto the internet. It provides them with 4 safe search engines to surf the Internet with, along with links to the school’s website, Office 365, The Lighthouse for Education and a Worried Button.
The Worried Button further reinforces school’s commitment to e-safety by giving them a quick form for children to fill in if they are:
The form asks the children what it is that is worrying them and is emailed directly to the school's Learning Mentor, so the worry can be followed up and dealt with accordingly in school.
A website provided by Stanford's Computing Advisor which details how to protect children from dangers associated with using technology.
For further advice in keeping children safe online, including activities and videos to do and watch with children, please visit the NSPCC website on the following link for a range of useful resourses:
A practical website with online safety advice for parents and teachers with lesson plans, online activities and resources to help keep children safe.
ThinkUKnow is the education programme of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre aimed at children, and is based around three key themes linked with the use of the internet:
eSafety information from the BBC