E-safety forms part of the safeguarding arrangements that we have in place to protect the children at Glynne. We have a duty to teach e-safety to all children in our care. Staff use opportunities throughout the curriculum to reinforce safe internet use and to deal with issues such as evaluating information. The teaching of e-safety has at its heart Glynne’s Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet which outlines safe and responsible behaviour online.
We recognise and value the learning partnership with parents and carers and encourage them to be actively involved in staying safe at home as well as at school by attending E-safety Parent Information evenings/events and accessing e-safety information on the internet.
There is a balance to be struck, particularly with young children, between encouraging safe use of ICT and making children fearful. The aim is not to discourage use of ICT but to give children the experience, skills and knowledge to use it sensibly and safely. The internet is a powerful and exciting tool and, used with safety guidelines in place, provides many benefits for children.
E-Safety Policy click here
E-safety for the Early Years and Foundation Stage
In the Early Years and Foundation Stage children experience the internet with close adult supervision to play games and look at pictures. They use simulations of activities and situations and talk about what is real and what is imaginary. They learn to ask an adult for support straight away if they come across anything on the internet they think is unsuitable or that distresses them They begin to use communication tools under close adult supervision and with adult assistance and learn about different ways of communicating with others. They use technology in role play, learning about the place of technology in the world and some of the safety risks associated with technology. They help each other in their use of technology, taking turns sharing.
E-safety for Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 children develop an understanding of different means of communication and learn that they must know the person they are communicating with unless an adult has agreed that the communication is safe e.g. a request for information to a specific museum. They begin to learn about the internet and they use websites under supervision to look for information and to play games for learning. They know that the internet has advertising on some websites. They use their passwords to access some ICT at school and learn that they need to keep passwords private. They know that they cannot always copy things they find on the internet because they belong to other people. They know how to act if they find an unsuitable website. They treat other people, and other peoples work with respect when working and communicating with ICT.
E-safety for Early Key Stage 2
In Years 3 and 4 children develop more independence in their use of the internet, carrying out searches for information within websites and using child- friendly search engines. They begin to assess the information they find on the internet for its fitness and for purpose and accuracy. They discuss and use communication tools, what it may be unsafe to reveal about themselves and others, when using these tools and when the use of a nickname provides for greater safety online. Children’s management of e-mail is extended to develop an awareness of spam and the risks involved in opening attachments. They know that work and other materials on the internet may be copyrighted and that they should acknowledge the sources of information they use in reports or presentations. They understand that new technologies may be used inappropriately by others, including their peers, and they know what to do if this happens to them or to others.
E-safety for Later Key Stage 2
In Years 5 and 6 children develop a greater understanding of the potential risks involved in using on-line communication tools and they develop skills to help them manage those risks. They begin to select appropriate collaboration tools for their learning and they use them responsibly. They create and use strong passwords. They have more independence in using the internet and begin to refine their skills of assessing information and to look at bias and commercial interests as well as accuracy. They take more responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing and that of others when using the internet and online communication tools, recognising their own right and that of others to be treated with respect and courtesy online.
E Safety links to Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:
Every child has the right to reliable information from the media. This should be information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
Safer Internet Day 7th February 2017
Please click on the links below to find out more information about Safer Internet Day.
A Parent Fact Sheet and Conversation Starters to support your child are available below.