At Barrow Hall we are committed to keeping the children in our care safe. In today’s digital world, we are aware of the fantastic opportunities educationally and otherwise that the internet brings. However, we are also extremely aware and mindful of the potential risks that children may face when they access the internet using the technology that is at their finger tips on a day to day basis.
Children have regular E-Safety training in school which is delivered before the start of a lesson when they maybe using technology, as part of discrete Computing lessons, assemblies and also through external sources who are CEOP Ambassadors (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). We also offer E-Safety sessions for parents and carers led by a fully trained CEOP Ambassador.
In school we also have a team of children from Year 6 who are our E-Safety champions and are led by Mrs O’Neill. The E-Safety champions are now part of our newly formed Stay Safe Team. As with our school council, we believe that by involving children in ideas and decisions that directly affect them, then they are happier with the outcomes. In the four years that our school has had E-Safety champions, the children have been involved in developing an agreement for mobile phones in school (which is well established in Years 5 and 6), organising and promoting a competition, and contributing to rewriting our E-Safety rules. The children have also been involved the planning and delivery of assemblies for KS2 children to promote the E-Safety requirements of our Computing curriculum.
For the last three years, our E-Safety champions have had the opportunity to attend training sessions organised by Cheshire Police Safer Schools and Young People Partnership. During the sessions, the children work with pupils from other primary schools as well as receiving help and advice from the police officers involved.
Some useful websites are listed below. Some of the sites have information just for parents, carers or teachers and others have interactive areas and information for children too. Please take a look yourself first then maybe explore some of the sites together.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – ceop.police.uk
Thinkuknow – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
NSPCC – http://www.nspcc.org.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre – www.saferinternet.org.uk
Kidsmart – www.kidsmart.org.uk
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe
Childline – http://www.childline.org.uk
Cybersmile Foundation – http://www.cybersmile.org
Vodafone Digital Parenting – http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk
Information about Snapchat App from Thinkuknow – http://parentinfo.org
Digital Parenting Magazine Issue 5 has been produced by produced by Vodafone as a useful guide for parents and carers to get the most out of our digital world. There are features surrounding cyber bullying, the websites our children visit, the apps our children like to use, the types of behaviour that happens online, ‘How to…’ guides plus lots more.
Click here to view/download the latest edition of Digital Parenting Magazine.
The Department for Education have also produced a useful guide around the subject of cyberbullying. To view this document, please click this link, DfE Advice for Parents/Carers on Cyberbullying, to download.
There is a fantastic area of the NSPCC website that has been developed and is regularly updated called Net Aware. This area gives lots of information about the different social networking sites that our children are accessing. As is always the case with technology, new sites are being developed all of the time and it can be quite difficult to keep up to date with them. Net Aware gives lots of information about old and new social networking sites to help everyone keep up to date – especially parents, carers and school staff!Click on Net Aware to link to the website to find out more.
O2, as part of its partnership with the NSPCC to help all children and families in the UK stay safe together online, has created a series of weekly emails for parents and carers to help them start a conversation with their children about online safety.
Please click on the link to find out more information and to sign up nspcc.o2.co.uk