Here at the Federation of St. Cuthbert's and St. Sebastian's we are always keen to ensure the happiness and safety of our children and this includes on the internet. A lot of our pupils today are engaged with technology in a wide variety of ways. As well as using the internet for education, they also play games, socialise and invest a lot of their personality in the social and ever changing place that is the online world.
Your child is likely to use technology in school and at home. In school we endeavour to provide the skills to navigate the online world and safety is a very important part of that, so important that we deliver frequent online safety sessions and weave it's messages throughout our whole curriculum. Below are examples of our home school agreement and safety rules for both Key Stage 1 and 2.
As part of our ongoing commitment to e safety we will be sending home regular issues of the Digital Parenting magazines which provide a wealth of information to support parents with e safety issues. If you have not received your copy please ask at the office. Alternatively you can also view the latest edition electronically by clicking on the following link.
If you have Wi-Fi at home and you let your child have hand held devices particularly in their bedrooms you may have to monitor their usage much closer. Your child works hard at school and we need them to arrive well rested and nourished! Please monitor them very closely to support fun usage with regular breaks!
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA (National Crime Agency) led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
We would encourage parents to access the CEOP site to become fully aware of the invaluable work this organisation does:-
During November some members of the School Council, across the Federation, were lucky enough to be invited to attend an Internet Safety Roadshow, hosted at Everton Football Club.
The media constantly report on some of the online issues that we worry about both as parents and educators. Our children took part in workshops throughout the day, learning how to keep safe online, both in school and at home.
The internet is an amazing place which can help us in our real lives. You can use it to look up information for school projects or to chat with your friends or family on Skype, wherever they may live in the world. It’s really important that we think about how our actions online affects our lives offline. Sometimes what we do online can affect us in a negative way, but today we also focused on how we can do things online to really create something positive! We strongly recommend that you watch the following esafety films.