Pupils at St Leonard's Primary School have access to a range of online materials that enrich and extend teaching and learning opportunities. The benefits to teaching and learning are many and varied. Pupils will be given clear objectives for Internet use and will access material under guidance from their class teacher. Teachers will supervise pupils and take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users only access material appropriate to their learning.
The children are taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. Pupils are taught to identify where to go for help and support, and when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. All the children are aware of our online safety rules which are also displayed in each classroom.
Be SMART on the internet.
S - Safe. Keep safe by not giving out your personal information.
M - Meeting. Only meet people you have met online with your parents' or carers' permission and with them there.
A - Accepting. Only accept emails and messages from people you trust.
R - Reliable. Information you find on the internet may not be reliable.
T - Tell. Tell an adult if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
On every device in school, that is connected to the internet, we use Lightspeed Rocket Web Filter system to filter inappropriate content from users in school. We also monitor online activity of staff, children and visitors to St Leonard's Primary School. Any concerns that arise are reported immediately to our Designated Safeguarding Leader (Mrs K Proctor). Action is taken immediately to address any concerns that arise (in line with our Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Equalities, Safeguarding or PREVENT policies and procedures). This information is then shared on a termly basis with the Safeguarding Team. Any action that arises from this is reported to the Governing Body.
We believe in working closely with our parents to support pupils in developing safe practice when using online technology and therefore provide regular updates through our newsletter.
Please click here to view our Online Safety Policy
Thank you to our parents who have alerted us to the alarming #Momo challenge which is appearing within Children’s YouTube video links. We have been advised that the links can be easily made by children using phones and iPads, and that it isn’t being blocked by all security settings. The National Online Safety training organisation provides many guides to different social media, which are excellent - especially the age ratings and security settings. Their website is intended for adult (not children’s) use and may I urge you to look at the wide range of resources they make freely available: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/about-us/ .
More information about Momo can be found here.
More information about Tik Tok can be found here.