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 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 Acceptable Use Policy for a detailed overview of how these aims inform our teaching and learning, engagement with parents and our local community and safeguarding children.
It is important to note that new challenges are arising on the internet all the time and as you can image, can be highly distressing for children to view.
We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips.
Useful links for Parents and Carers
KPMG Global Cyber Day
On 8th October, Year 5 were visited by Haz, an internet safety specialist. He talked to us about how to stay safe when using the internet, social networks, apps and games. We were given key guidelines:
- Be a friend, not a bully
- Pause before you post online
- Don’t get played while playing online
- Online friends are not always true friends
- Keep your account details private and secure
- Don’t be a phish! Be cautious of phishing emails.
On 8th October, Year 6 had the pleasure of Ann and Ben from KPMG coming in to talk to us about Cyber Safety. It was an interesting workshop with lots of new information and reminders on keeping safe when online. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout and enjoyed contributing their ideas and experiences, such as changing passwords every few months and ensuring your passwords are unique and do not contain personal information such as your date of birth.
Internet Safety Workshop
Thank you to all those parents who attended the Internet Safety Workshop.
It was an informative session, giving advice and guidance on the use of technology with children. Many thanks to Ken Palmer for leading the presentation.
Internet Safety Day
For Internet Safety Day we had a whole school assembly which provided us with tips that can help keep us safe online. These are the SMART rules.
Safe: Keep your personal information safe! If you wouldn’t say it to a stranger on the street, don’t share it with strangers on the internet.
Meeting: Don’t meet up! Online games can be a great place for chatting to your friends. Always know who you are talking to. If anyone who you don’t know ever asks you to meet up say no and report it.
Accept: Think before you accept something from someone online e.g file, a download, a picture etc. It may contain a virus. If you don’t know who it’s from, and if it has an attachment, delete it.
Reliable: Not everyone online is trustworthy. Somebody may be lying about their age and who they are. Make sure you know who you are talking to and use reputable sites and services to protect you and your computer.
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or trusted adult if someone, or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable online. Also, tell someone if a friend of yours needs help online too.
It’s important to remember these SMART rules because they will help keep you safe online.
INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOP - YEAR 5
Year 5 were visited by some internet safety specialists. They talked to us about how to stay safe when using the internet, social networks, apps and games. We were taught an easy way to remember how to stay safe. All we need to do is think of the word SMART! Please see some examples of the posters we made which explains these SMART rules in more detail.
INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOP - YEAR 6
Years 6 were very lucky and took part in engaging workshops looking at some of the reasons why the internet is such a powerful resource, but also highlighting the dangers of the internet. The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and learnt how to stay safe on the internet.
With most children using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. The children learnt that they must think before posting photos and videos and that whenever they are using online devices, they must make sure that the privacy settings are on. They also learnt about the dangers of sharing any personal information.
By Helena, Year 6:
Today two internet safety experts visited our school because it was Internet Safety Day. I thought that I was safe on the internet but today, I realised that actually, I’m not …
We have now learnt the SMART tip. The SMART tip includes ways to stay safe on the internet such as ...
S stands for Safe (to stay safe on the internet)
M stands for Meeting (to only meet up with the people you know)
A stands for Acceptance (only accept messages from the people you know)
R stands for Reliable (rely on the people you know)
T stands for Tell (tell an adult, a parent or a friend if someone is bothering you online)
They also taught us how to keep safe on the phone when we are texting. If someone texts you a message and you don’t know who it is, DO NOT open that message because it can be inappropriate, or it can cause a virus to your phone or any other device. You should tell your parent or a trusted adult who will then help you.
We learnt how to create a password without including our first name. You should use symbols, a few letters or numbers that don’t relate to your birthday or family members, for example.
These tips have helped me to be safer on the internet and I hope they will help you too!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Internet Safety Day - February 2019
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 2019
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 2018
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!