It is our belief that technology enhances learning, provides engagement, allows creativity and leads to encounters with modern society that pupils will meet in everyday life. As a school, we want to foster this use of technology within a safe environment and prepare children to use technology safely both in and out of school.
As a school, we have a range of security measures in place to help safeguard children from potential dangers and unsuitable material.
Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed according to our Online Safety policy.
All staff and governors are trained in Online Safety as part of our Safeguarding training. We will be extending this training to relevant volunteers in the near future.
There is a whole-school approach to the teaching and learning of Online Safety. We follow the ActiveBytes Online Safety programme by Somerset Education Technology Team. This provides a comprehensive progression through all year groups to prepare the children to use technology safely and independently. Each term, there is a Key Stage assembly and one discrete Online Safety lesson per half term. The expectations are that teachers and children have an ongoing discussion about the safe use of technology whilst they are actively engaged with it in lessons.
We have a team of children who champion Online Safety – this is made up of a small group of Key Stage 2 pupils who liaise with the Online Safety Leader on a regular basis as well as taking part in half-termly meetings with a parallel group at our Federated Partner school, Merriott First School. This group is to raise the profile of Online Safety amongst pupils, to encourage pupil-led activities and responsibilities regarding Online Safety and give a pupil voice to the matter.
Minutes from the meetings will be uploaded to this page.
We send out monthly Online Safety tips to our parents via the Haselbury Hub newsletter as well as the Digital Parenting magazine. There will be opportunities around the time of Safer Internet Day in February for parents to come into school and find out more about Online Safety at home. Somerset Education Technology team continually review and update the link below which is an information page for parents regarding Online Safety with many links to useful websites and other materials.
Somerset Education Technology Parents' Online Safety page
We also have a team of adults including representatives from teaching and support staff as well as governors and parents who will meet regularly to review the Online Safety programme and to ensure continued effectiveness.