E-safety and Computing
E-safety at Wimborne First School
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world therefore learning about staying safe online is very important.
At Wimborne First School, as part of your child’s curriculum and development of computing skills, we provide access to the Internet in lessons
supervised by teachers. We strongly believe that the use of the web is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the
modern world. However, due to the frequent concerns about children having access to undesirable material, we have taken positive steps to
educate our pupils to be aware of the potential online risk and to take steps to understand what they should do to stay safe.
At Wimborne First School we have an acceptable use agreement, which is signed by the children in the school with their parent/guardian.
The children are expected to follow these at home and in school to make sure they are always staying safe online. These rules can be viewed below
and should be followed when using all kinds of technology such as mobile phones, game consoles, tablets and home computers. Alongside asking
children to complete an acceptable use policy we also require staff and visitors of Wimborne First School to comply and follow a set of rules and
expectations through an acceptable use agreement.
To further reinforce Internet safety and prevent misuse our Internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to
inappropriate materials, which is regularly checked and updated.
In the classroom:
At the beginning of each year group, the children take discrete E-safety lessons in which they will learn about the potential dangers and
steps to follow in order to stay safe online. We use a range of stories and activities to engage the children in this part of their learning and all
the children have a secure understanding of E-safety by the end. In addition to discrete lessons, children are constantly asked to
refer back to their understanding of E-safety when using technology on a daily basis therefore all our children are confident to follow the safer
Internet rules. At the beginning of each half term, the children will take part in an extra Internet safety lesson to reinforce their skills and understanding.
At Wimborne First School, we take part in the National Safer Internet Day. This year the children had great fun creating a range of puppets,
board games, songs and presentations based around an E-safety character such as Smartie the Penguin, Lee and Kim, the Smart Crew
and Digiduck. The children had great fun and were able to teach the rest of the school the powerful messages of staying safe online.
Safer Schools Community Team
We are committed to improving E-safety not only in school but at home. To help with this we have visits from the Safer Schools Community Team
to talk to parents and children. The last workshop was October 2016.
Furthermore, if you would like to talk to a member of staff about any questions or concerns about Internet use in school or at home, don't
hesitate to get in touch.
The following information will provide a guide and support for Parent and carers and their children’s use of the Internet at home.
Parents and carers know how important the Internet is to children. You play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online,
and you are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We understand the technology children use every day can seem a bit
daunting and you might worry about the risk your child can face online. Here are some conversation starter ideas from
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where and who to go for help.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit
- from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the Internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the Internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand
these simple rules:
- You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and DON’T share full names, school name and photos,
- including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with.
- Keep the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience; they are less likely to act inappropriately.
- If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them to show you or another trusted adult.
- Make sure they know who to tell if someone has upset them online.
- Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and they should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
- Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
For further information and support, have a look at the following links:
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher or the E-safety Co-ordinator if you have any queries or questions.