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E-Safety

Our Lady of Grace School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All pupils use computer facilities including Internet access as an essential part of learning, as required by the national curriculum, therefore, gaining pupils’ and parents’ agreement to e-safety rules is important.

 

E- safety

E-safety refers to staying safe in every aspect of being online. As a school, we work to ensure that all children are:

  • equipped to protect themselves from harm
  • supported to engage with existing and emerging technologies responsibly
  • safe from inappropriate content and extremist ideas online

See our E-Safety policy and Usage Policy for a detailed overview of how these aims inform our teaching and learning, engagement with parents and our local community and safeguarding children.

E-Safety-Policy-Sept-2016.pdf

E-Safety-Acceptable-Use-Policy-Staff-pupils.pdf

 

Useful links for Parents and Carers

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/default.aspx

 

Popular Social Media Apps and Websites.

You are reminded that many of these platforms require users to be a minimum of 13 years old and so, children in our school should not have accounts or an online presence on them.

Twitter

Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets. These can be up to 140 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages. Brands and companies can also have Twitter accounts.

 

Musical.ly is a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering short music videos.

 

Musical.ly

Instagram

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram.

 

Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for a matter of seconds before disappearing. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share lots of snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.

Snapchat

Youtube

 

YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. You can create your own YouTube account, make a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you will have a public profile, and it allows you to comment on videos and create video playlists.

Curious cat is a Q&A based social networking tool that allows you to connect with your followers by asking and answering questions anonymously.

 

 

Curious Cat

  Facebook

Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, share pictures and videos, write on people’s pages, send instant messages and join online groups

Facebook Messenger is an app which allows users to communicate with their friends from either their Facebook account, or their phonebook. Users can instant message, create group chats, share photos and videos, record voice messages, have live video chats, or simply talk to their friends and family.

 

Facebook Messenger

 

Internet Safety Day - February 2017

On Tuesday the 2nd of February, we took part in Safer Internet Day here at OLOG. The theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet' inspired us to gather together in our key stages and use our Internet Safety heads to help one another navigate potential challenges online. We spoke about what information is appropriate to share online and what the right thing to do is if you stumble across something that upsets you on the internet. We can't wait to work together to make the internet a safer place for everyone!

 

Safeguarding & Internet Safety - Parent Workshop - February 2017

Ken Palmer the Borough’s School Safeguarding Officer ran a workshop for on Safeguarding and Internet Safety to parents.

Mr Palmer gave invaluable guidance to those parents who were able to attend on the dangers that children face online.

Parents found this workshop very useful and commented:

  • “Very informative and given clues on how to maintain safety at home and internet safety with our kids.”
  • “I learnt to be internet safe, be intrusive and know what my child is doing at all times when online, also to time them on it.”
  • “I need to be aware of what they are watching on You Tube and chatting about.”

 

Josephine Spittles, Chair of Governors - Internet Safety Workshop for Parents:

Parents were very keen to learn how to keep their children safe online and some parents were extremely knowledgeable in this area.

 

Internet Safety Week - October 2016

It was Internet Safety Week at OLOG recently, and the children had some great opportunities to discuss, explore and learn about how to stay safe online. We talked about appropriate communication with others through social media, cyberbullying, getting permission to use the internet and a whole host of other life skills.

To mark this important week, all of the children had the opportunity to create posters to display around  our school. Take a look for yourself at some of the fantastic entries we received!

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