E-Safety at School
Technology plays a huge part in many of our students lives, having a positive impact on both their education and general development. Technology and access to online content can be greatly beneficial but also involves a variety of risk factors which are categorised under the '4 C's' of e-safety which can be viewed below.
Here at Harford Manor School we take our responsibilities to ensure our students and their families are educated about and protected from these risks very seriously. Further details about how we monitor and minimise these potential risks can be found in our whole school Online Safety Policy below.
National Online Safety Scheme
We are currently in the process of reviewing and adapting our e-safety curriculum and approach to teaching this subject with our pupils.
As part of this process, the school has signed up to become accredited members of the National Online Safety Scheme, and will be working towards this award over the course of the 2022 / 2023 academic year. This will include opportunities for parents to undertake training and receive regular information and support resources produced by the experts at NOS.
More information about the National Online Safety Scheme and the support they offer both to school and families please visit their website using the link below.
As part of our National Online Safety Membership, we will receive regular support and information for our families about various elements of online safety. Appropriate content and links will be added below.
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW SOON
Further Support and Information for our Families
To help both parents and our pupils when using the internet at home, our Assistant Head Cathie has put together a list of links to support information which is particularly important as many pupils will be using new platforms and websites for online learning.
Please use these links for information on keeping your child safe online including:
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online.
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online.
- Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games.
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
- UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.
If you require any further information or guidance then please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher using the usual channels.
Additional Information / Links:
Did you know that many websites and social media platforms have age restrictions. You can find out more about this in the table below.
To help support safer internet use at home, 'The Safety Detectives' have analysed a range of antivirus software to assess the level of parental control support available. Their review can be found using the link below.
Vodafone also offer a monthly 'digital parenting magazine' which offers lots of useful updates regrading specific websites and general tips to hep support your child's safety online. A link to their page can be found below.
Alternatively, please take a look at some of the links below which may provide further information our guidance regarding e-safety for discussion either at school or at home.
Mobile Device Use in School
The school has a policy regarding the use of mobile phones and 'SMART' technology by both pupils, staff and visitors to our school site.