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What is E-Safety?
E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.
E-Safety is an important part of our procedures to keep children safe at Stone . We work with our support provider Turn it On, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy.
E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. All pupils sign an acceptable use agreement at the beginning of the school year in order to ensure safe use. Staff sign a similar agreement and we expect all adults who work in school as volunteers to share our standards.
Staff and pupils receive annual training from experts from Microsoft on the risks online. Our computing curriculum also includes extensive training for pupils on how to stay safe. Some of materials used come from the excellent “Think you Know” website, which is the home site of the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, a police department. We advise parents to visit their site and the other links below for support and advice.
We take our shared responsibility to safeguard all children against the potential dangers of social media very seriously and would encourage parents and carers to request our advice should you have concerns.
In school, we also share the following rules recommended by Childnet International as a way of remembering the key messages:
Be SMART online
Safe: keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name to people you are chatting to online.
Meeting: meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present.
Accepting: accepting emails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems. They may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone may be lying about who they are.
Tell: tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Please look out for parent workshops on helping children to stay safe.
To view our e-safety policy and acceptable use form please visit our policies page >