Online Safety – Safeguarding

Online safety forms a very important part of our safeguarding procedure at St. Ignatius. We think it is vital for children to be digitally literate and safe when online and therefore have a wide curriculum offer for our children to ensure they are as safe as possible.

Trust eSafety Policy 2023

 

The Importance Of Online Safety

Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children, both within and outside school. These technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. They can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and kindle awareness of contexts to promote effective learning.

All children are entitled to be safe whenever they access the Internet. We take active steps to embed online safety in our curriculum and children’s learning (please see our curriculum page). We also want to help parents and carers improve their own understanding of online safety, so that they can support their children to use the Internet and digital media in a safe and responsible way.

Please look at each section below to find out how we approach online safety in school. We also provide links to easily accessible online safety resources for parents and carers.

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

Parents are encouraged to work in partnership with the school to teach children about the importance of online safety. Children use the Internet to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It is a highly creative place and offers a wealth of opportunity. The technology that children use every day may seem daunting to parents and carers, who often worry about the risks children can face online.

Help, advice and resources for parents and carers can be found here, including conversation starters, digital wellbeing and gaming: Childnet – Parents & Carers 

Get Safe Online has also produced a simple checklist parents can use to help protect children when they are online, and reduce the risks they take.

Advice if your child is under 5 years old

 Access the checklist for 6 – 9 year olds here.

 

Online Safety Resources For Parents/Carers

Safer Schools APP – Please download this app following the instructions below (see links). This is one of the very best ways to keep up-to-date and in-the-know about current trends and information on online safety!

Safer School App – parents

Safer Schools App – KS2

These sites offer good and easily accessible online safety support and guidance for parents/carers. They will help you and your child to benefit from connected technology and the internet, safely and smartly.

Encourage your child to help you as they might be able to show you how to do something better online.

 

We highly recommend exploring the Safer Internet website’s dedicated section for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The link to the resource is: https://saferinternet.org.uk/send.

This resource provides tailored information and guidance to support children with SEND in navigating the online world safely. We believe that understanding and implementing online safety measures are essential for every child, and this resource is designed to provide valuable insights specific to the needs of children with SEND.

  • Thinkyouknow – advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • Internet Matters – practical tips to help children use the Internet safely
  • Parent Info – help and advice for families in a digital world
  • LGfL – support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net Aware – advice for parents and carers from the NSPCC
  • Let’s Talk About It – support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre – tips, advice and guidance

 

If you need help working our what games, books and films are suitable for your child then ‘Taming gaming’ and ‘Common

sense’ media are two excellent sites.

Taming Gaming says “Every game is presented for parents and carers to understand, to empower informed choice through understanding.”

Common Sense Media says “Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids.”

 

Online Safety At St. Ignatius

We encourage children at St. Ignatius to ‘Be SMART with a heart’ online. Find out more on what this means here. 

Access to the internet is provided during adult-supervised lessons. At St. Ignatius, we view access to and use of the web and email as hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. We have taken active steps to reduce the risks associated with use of the internet but the first, and arguably the most important, step is educating our children.

We do lots of work with children in school on how to keep safe while using computers and in particular, the internet. We talk to them about keeping themselves safe from harm as well as keeping each other safe. Our work around online safety is done through our Online Safety Curriculum (please see curriculum page), which is linked to the principles in the government’s document – Education for a Connect World (2020).

As well as this, we also deliver key messages to children during national focus days, e.g. Internet Safety Day, Anti-bullying Week, and annually invite Tim Pinto into our school who runs workshops for each year group in our school, which includes up-to-date and appropriate messages for children about Online Safety. He also delivers workshops to parents, staff and governors so that everyone within our school community can keep themselves and others safe whilst online and keep up to date with key messages. We also use a variety of regularly updated resources from Childnet during such themed weeks or days and also to deal with any issues promptly, safely and appropriately.

You can find a calendar here of all other themed days we take part in: Online Safety Calendar 2022 – 23

Here are some useful tips from Tim Pinto @ the eSafety Office!

App Safety

eSafety Sites

EYFS tips

GTA Leaflet

Monitoring Apps

New Year Online Safety

PEGI ratings

Screentime

youtube guidance

 

We also work in close partnership with outside agencies and are well-supported by the BKCAT (our Trust) and the Local Authority.

We share the #WakeUpWednesday guides from National Online Safety on our twitter feed every week – please read these helpful guides!

Twitter Feed – St. Ignatius Twitter

They can also be found here – National Online Safety Guides #WakeUpWednesday

 

Filtering & Monitoring (KCSIE 2023)

In order to further safeguard pupils, our internet access provider operates a filtering system that ‘blocks harmful and inappropriate content without unreasonably impacting teaching and learning’ (KCSIE 2023). ‘SmoothWall’ is the system adopted by our Trust, which is a proactive monitoring system which helps schools detect online risks before they become real-life incidents, and is regularly reviewed. All of our staff have received training in online safety and how to teach this and deal with any online safety/monitoring issues and know who to speak to if there is an issue. They are fully aware of how these systems work, and this always forms part of our start-of-year safeguarding training in September, alongside regular updates.

We have clear responsibilities in our school in relation to filtering and monitoring which is led by the DSL Team, but ultimately the Designated Safeguarding Lead, who will receive concerns raised by the filtering and monitoring system (smoothwall) – alongside all other DSL’s. Our governors are also actively involved with the safeguarding provision within our school, including online safety standards.

 

 

One last message…

Does your home have an open door to people who would harm your child?

A hard-hitting question.

Increasingly, young people are being contacted in their own homes on online platforms and apps and asked for inappropriate pictures and videos, while their parents and carers are totally unaware. There is a significant rise in children being groomed and coerced online by abusers into inappropriate activities often in their own bedrooms and bathrooms. Those abusers record this content via webcams or livestreaming services and share it across their networks online. This type of child abuse is now the predominant type of abuse imagery found on the internet.

This is happening now, and it can happen to anyone’s child. But you can do something about it; you can help prevent it happening to your child.

Follow the checklist to help keep your child safe online. You can find this parent guide to download at https://talk.iwf.org.uk/

 

 

Here are some other useful links to help you support your child at home with online safety:

Online Safety for Children – Tips & Guides | NSPCC

The above link is particularly useful if you are worried about any online issues for your child.

Net Aware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games (net-aware.org.uk)

This website keeps you up to date with any recent apps/websites/trends that are happening. You can sign up so that you can keep yourself updated.

Parents & Carers Online Safety Guidance

Top Tips for Parents – KS1 and EYFS

Top Tips for Parents – KS2

Online Safety – Childnet Family Agreement

‘Ask the Awkward!’ Parents & Carers

Conversation Starters

Let’s Talk About Life Online

Keeping my child safe on TikTok

Keeping my child safe on Snapchat

 

Here are some other documents which may prove helpful for you and your families.

Parental Controls Booklet 2022

shouldyoustreamitv2 – This document is about streaming and what is appropriate to stream for children.

ScreenTimePack – This is a very helpful pack to help with appropriate screen time at home. There is a chart and reward system for gaining extra time which is useful.

Interactive_Poster_Cyberhero_Sept19_v3 – This document helps children understand how they should be acting online.

Factsheet_EatingDisorders_bothlogos_v3 – Eating disorders are a growing problem and this document helps you to understand the language associated with different disorders as well as knowing and understanding the signs.

BKCAT Online Safety Guidance for Parents