At Northease, we take E-Safety seriously. We use Lightspeed Systems filtering to ensure that web content is suitable for our students and helps safeguard them from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy.
Our E- Safety committee meets on a termly basis to discuss a wide variety of E-Safety activities including policies, awareness and incidents. The E-Safety Coordinator meets at least weekly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead to review any suspicious searches that have been blocked by our filtering system.
We try to raise the awareness of E-safety across the whole school: holding termly E-Safety assemblies, teaching E-Safety as part of the PSHE curriculum, holding parent awareness sessions and training staff. For example, our Safeguarding Governor Jean Rolfe, has signed up for Governor online safety training via UK Youth, and both our Head of Safeguarding & Boarding and Head of E-Safety are attending an event to increase their knowledge on apps, software and legislation. We recently facilitated a peer-led presentation and workshop with our Years 5,6,7 and 8 on how to recognise unkind and bullying behaviour, and what to do about it. We are committed to developing this work.
We believe that to be truly successful in keeping children safe online, we need to work with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents are aware of what their children are doing online and feel comfortable talking to them about it, giving them guidance on how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
The following videos are useful resources for parents and carers as well as our students.
Nation Crime Agency’s CEOP Commands own website. “Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles & new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the NCA's CEOP Command. We hope you like it!”
Childnet has many different resources which can be a useful starting point. “Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.”
Contains a wide variety of information for parents of children of all ages, covering a range of topics from safe searching to social media. “Depending on the age of your children here are some simple things you could do today. You’ll also find interactive video checklists and links to expert advice in our age guide pages.”
Parent Zone is devoted to providing expert information to families, schools and family professionals. We create, curate and check the best available advice and information on all of the issues that are caused or amplified by the internet.