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Online Safety

Computing is an essential part of our lives. Due to the fast pace of technology innovation and constant emerging trends, we aim for each child to have the opportunity to gain the skills to match the ever changing technology. We believe that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. We use classroom interactive whiteboards along-side tablets, laptops, and other devices to provide enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; leading to better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and support the needs of all our children. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities. With this is mind, we will ensure additional access to appropriate technology is provided throughout the school day.

 

We have an ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ and an ‘E-Safety’ Policy that clearly state how the children and adults create a safe environment where everyone can work and learn, making good use of ICT in a safe and responsible way. Online safety is a key part of the curriculum and we teach it throughout each year group including Early Years. We hope that parents will support the school by ensuring that their child develops a responsible approach to using devices at home and out of school hours. This encompasses the amount of time children spend on a device, the sort of activities they are engaged with and online when using the internet. The Acceptable Use Agreement is sent home for both the children and parents/carers to sign and is kept in school to ensure that everyone is aware of and agrees with how to use technology safely.

‘We Keep Safe’ is one of our Core Values here at Trafalgar. Online safety is a big part of this. Staff receive regular training on being safe and helping to keep children safe online, and we also offer annual training for our parents/carers. Part of our Curriculum is dedicated to online safety, so that our children know how to keep themselves safe online.

If you have any concerns then you too can report this to The National Crime Agency (CEOP). 

 

 

 

 

When should I report to CEOP?
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. To report it click here. 

Remember if you need immediate help call 999
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Adults Use of Social Media
As you know, ‘we keep safe’ is one of our Core Values at Trafalgar. We not only expect our children to follow the Core Values, but adults too. Staff attend online safety training and parents/carers are also invited to attend a workshop each year. One area covered is social media. Staff are expected to use this safely and respectfully, and I am writing to ask that parents/carers do the same. Parents/carers should be respectful of the school and community.  DfE guidance states that ‘it is not acceptable for pupils, parents or colleagues to denigrate and bully school staff via social media’.  Any incidents will be reported to the headteacher and governors, and in extreme circumstances may be reported as a criminal act.