Roles and Responsibilities
As eSafety is an important aspect of strategic leadership within the Academy, the Principal and Directors have ultimate responsibility to ensure that the policy and practices are embedded and monitored. The named eSafety co-ordinator in our Academy Trust is Michaela Webb. All members of the Academy community have been made aware of who holds this post. It is the role of the eSafety co-ordinator to keep abreast of current issues and guidance through organisations such as Becta, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), NOS (National On-line Safety), NSPCC and Childnet.
We do promote the use of safe internet practices throughout the Academy and encourage these as the children leave our gates. We strongly advocate family involvement in how their children use the internet and other means of electronic communication.
Whilst we do not promote the use of social media or online gaming sites we understand that there are many children, with and without parental support, who use them. We believe in doing everything we can to make our children and their families aware of the difficulties, challenges and dangers that can arise from accessing age-inappropriate material and will promote this through our newsletters and website.
Throughout the Academy there are age appropriate signs explaining how we can be e-aware. Everyone is encouraged to report misuse of the internet and anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. Similarly if staff find any cause for concern it will be tackled immediately and in line with the policies of the Academy.
E-Safety in the Curriculum
We are continually updating how we teach children in the Academy how to stay safe on-line. We use Childnet to support children's e-learning with specific reference to the Kidsmart website and actively promote the age restrictions for social media platforms.
How Families Can Help Support their Children
We regularly offer information events for families about how we teach computing and what the children are learning. We receive the support of the local PSCOs who add to our message about keeping safe when using mobile phones, tablets, social media etc. They help us by keeping us up to date with trends and highlight areas of concern they find in their day to day role. We strongly recommend families and children use the CEOP website to support e-safety at home https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ and the nspcc site https://www.net-aware.org.uk that has information for families to help support and guide children, as well as giving information about the minimum ages for social media and other apps.
We recommend that families follow the advice and guidance given on the CEOP website that covers a range of concerns and behaviours families may want to explore with their children.
Useful Websites and Support for Families
Fortnite - hear a catchy tune about what families need to know about this online game
Fortnight Fact Sheet - a fact sheet for families written by National Online Safety Team
You Tube Fact Sheet - a fact sheet for families written by National Online Safety Team
NSPCC - guide for families with regards to online gaming
App Store Guide for Families