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Online Safety Guidance for Parents and Pupils

The  Russett  School recognises  that Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  and  the  Internet  are  fantastic  tools  for  learning that can be used to enhance the curriculum, challenge pupils, and support creativity and independence. Using ICT to interact socially and share ideas can benefit everyone in the academy community,  but it  is  important  that  the  use  of  the  internet  and ICT  is  seen  as  a responsibility  and that pupils/students, staff and parents use it appropriately and practice good online safety. It is important that all members are aware of the risks associated with using the internet and how they should conduct themselves online. Online   safety   covers   the   internet   but   it   also   covers   mobile   phones   and other   electronic communications technologies. At The Russett School we are proud to have gained the 360 Safe Online Safety Mark which means that we are able to show good practice in our online safety policy and procedures. Good policies and practice are embedded within the ethos of the academy and understood by all stakeholders.  There is a commitment to online safety from the leadership team and the Local Governing Committee with safe practice embedded within academy policies.

At the Russett School we recognise the importance of finding the balance between controlling access to the internet and technology and allowing freedom to explore and use these tools to their full potential. Online safety is taught and embedded across the whole curriculum. We take the issue of cyber-bullying seriously and our approach to this can be found within our Anti-Bullying Policy.

The  internet can be  used to  raise  educational  standards,  to  promote  pupil  achievement,  to  support  the professional  work  of  staff  and  to  enhance  the academy’s  management  functions.  Technology  is advancing rapidly  and  is  now  a  huge part  of  everyday  life,  education  and  business.  We want  to  equip our pupils  with  all  the  necessary  ICT  skills  that  they  will  need  in  order  to  enable  them  to progress confidently into adulthood and potentially a professional working environment after they leave the academy.

At Home

As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

Here are some conversation starter ideas:

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online

Online Safety Policy

Further information about all aspects of E-Safety can be found within our: E-Safety Policy.

Further Reading

The following websites also provide a range of information support and resources relating to Online Safety: