Learning about staying safe online is very important. At Woodlands Academy, we make sure our pupils are aware of the risks to safety that are online and what they need to do to stay safe. In class, the children have regular discussions about how to stay safe online and the dangers they may face on the internet.
As part of our curriculum and the development of ICT skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the internet is hugely beneficial and an essential tool for children in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
We have a set of SMART rules which the children are expected to follow at home and in school to make sure they stay safe online:
These rules can be viewed on our MLE portal and should be followed when using all kinds of technology such as mobile phones, games consoles and home computers.
Has something happened online that has made you feel worried or unsafe? Please click on the CEOP logo below to report this straight to the ‘Child Exploitation and Online Protection’ – CEOP.
For more information you can download our E-Safety Policy in the ‘Policies’ section.
Internet & Gaming Safety
There are a number of websites that provide information and guidance for Parents/Carers/Guardians on how to keep children safe online. Here are some of the ones we feel are very useful. You can click on the logos which will direct you to the correct website page:
With the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe online, on gaming & on social networking sites.
Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world.
This is a site full of useful information for helping keep your child safe online. Below are some of their parent guides to help you set parental controls and to help your child to surf the internet safely.
Click here if you would like to know how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
- Click here to be taken to guide for a variety of some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Think You Know is a site where you can report online abuse, or find out more information. There are age specific areas for children too.
Click on Dongle the Rabbit to visit his pages where your child can take an e-safety quiz, learn an e-safety song or download the e-safety rules screen saver.
The Kid Smart website is a brilliant resource for learning about e-safety. It has lots of top tips on issues such as social networking and online gaming. It is aimed at children in Key Stage 2 but also has advice for parents and carers.
Know IT All for Parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It’s designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.
Click the link to download Hector’s Safety Button. This is useful resource to have at home because if your child sees something that makes them feel confused or scared when using the computer, they can click on Hector (or one of his friends) to cover the screen while they get some help.