Online Safety

Online safety is a vital part of keeping children safe at St Bartholomew's Primary School.

We strongly encourage sensible use of digital and online technologies as they open up huge possibilities for learning for all of our children. Children can use the internet to research new information, as well as connecting to people they know. We want our children to enjoy the benefits of the internet but at the same time we believe they must be made aware of the potential dangers involved in this ever changing digital world.

We teach e-safety in school so that our children know how to behave online and feel safe and confident using the internet. Children today are part of a digital world and often use a wide range of devices, both inside and outside of school. When technology is used correctly, it can be a fantastic learning tool but children need to have a secure understanding of the rules and expectations regarding e-safety. 

As part of your child’s curriculum, we provide access to the internet during teacher supervised lessons. We believe that the use of the internet is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. We understand there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, which is why our school internet provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials, keeping our children safe at all times. 

 

Statistics

Below are some key statistics from Ofcom, 2020, to highlight why it is so important to effectively educate children about e-safety from a young age. 

3-4 years old

24% have their own tablet

17% play games online

5-7 years old

4% have their own social media profile

35% play games online

8-11 years old

21% have their own social media profile

74% watch YouTube for 10+ hours a week 

 

Online Bullying

Click here for some tips to stay safe

 

Parent's guide to Online Safety Session ran by Dan Hawbrook (Lincs e-safety officer)

Dan Hawbrook spoke to parents around online safety and keeping their children safe. The session can be found on the link below. Dan looks at the positive and negative sides of the internet. He explores popular apps - looking at what they are and how to keep your children safe on them. He offers techniques used in grooming, sending nudes and details agencies that can offer support and help. It is worth a watch for all parents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrWJte5NAzw&t=127s 

 

Risks your child may face online

The ‘thinkuknow’ website has lots of information about the online risks your child may encounter. Clicking on the links below will take you to information regarding topics such as: online bullying, grooming, inappropriate websites, viruses, hacking and security plus many more topics.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

www.childnet-int.org 

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe 

www.kidsmart.org.uk/ 

https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting 

https://parentinfo.org/article/9-ways-the-internet-can-be-good-for-your-children