E 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 the Russett School we will support our pupils to understand that they should:
- Not give out personal information such as their address, telephone number, parents/carers work address / telephone number, or the name and location of their school without their parents/carers permission.
- Tell their parents/carers immediately, if they come across any information that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Never agree to get together with someone they “meet” online without first checking with their parents/carers. If their parents/carers agree to the meeting, they will be sure that it is in a public place and bring their parent/carer along.
- Never send a person their picture or anything else without first checking with their parents/carers.
- Not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make them feel uncomfortable. It is not their fault if they get a message like that. If they do they will tell their parents/carers right away so that they can contact the service provider.
- Talk with their parents/carers so that they can set up rules for going online. They will decide upon the time of day that they can be online, the length of time they can be online and appropriate areas for them to visit. They will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
- Not give out their Internet password to anyone (even their best friend) other than their parents/carers.
- Check with their parents/carers before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt their computer or jeopardise their family privacy.
- Be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
- Help their parents/carers understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them about the Internet, computers and other technology.
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.
You can download our checklist The Russett School E Safety Checklist for Parents that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. It is also a good idea to start to engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. 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
Further information about all aspects of E-Safety can be found within our: E-Safety Policy.
The following websites also provide a range of information support and resources relating to E-Safety:
- Ditto e-safety newsletter
- National Online Safety Hub – Gaming
- National Online Safety Hub – bullying
- National Online Safety Hub – online-relationships
- National On line Safety Hub – online-reputation
- National On line Safety Hub – social-media
- NSPCC – Cyberbullying information
- Help and Advice for families in a digital world