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E-Safety

 

At Old Basford School, we take pupil’s safety very seriously, this is at home, in the community, at school and online. Please use the information below to help your child stay safe online. 

Logo Competition

"Be Your Best Self"

This motto was an important message from Safer Internet Day, encouraging us to not only keep safe, but also to be the best, most respectful, kindest version of ourselves when playing online. We need to be sure that the way we speak to friends online is as friendly as if we were talking to them in person. 

 

We had a competition to design a logo to remind us of this message. Our Y6 digital leaders had the difficult job of choosing the winner from all the entries! 

 

Well done to the following children whose designs will be used on this website and around school, and who also received a chocolate treat:

 

Winners

Isabella-Melanie (Class 6)

Jaxon (Class 10)

Serena (Class 13)

 

Runners Up

Grace-Nicole Obasa (Class 5)

Sarah (Class 9)

Amber-Rae (Class 13)

Safer Internet Day 

8th February 2022

 

Safer Internet Day 2022 was on Tuesday 8th February and as a school we celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’ by learning about how to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. We had a whole school assembly and each year group explored the theme during lessons in age appropriate ways. We ran a competition to design a logo to be displayed around school to remind us to be respectful when using the internet. Check back soon to see the winning logo once our Digital Leaders have chosen the winner! Please see below a copy of the letter sent below to parents and carers regarding Safer Internet Day. 

 

BE SMART and THINK

At Old Basford School we aim to provide the children with a computing curriculum that develops them as safe internet users. Children learn the SMART rules and they are displayed around our school. We have a planned, progressive and well thought out e-safety curriculum that we deliver to our pupils and we often spend time addressing issues, concerns or current trends within our classrooms. We have started our school year with the online safety unit of our computing curriculum. We will also be taking part in Safer Internet Day on the 8th February 2022.

 

 

AGE RESTRICTED SOCIAL MEDIA

Although we try to discourage the use of age restricted social media apps and websites, we are aware that some children in our school use apps like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram at home. These apps have an age restriction of 13 as they pose some safety risks to children. In KS2 we teach the children how photographs and messages they put on the internet are there forever and available for the whole world. We also discuss the issue of cyber bullying and the importance that they tell an adult straight away if they feel uncomfortable whilst online.

For children who do use social media, text messaging, emails and youtube we encourage them to be digital citizens by abiding by the THINK statement.

 

HELPING YOUR CHILD STAY SAFE ONLINE - LINKS AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

 

From learning in class to playing games at home, children are doing more on the internet than ever before - and it's a wonderful place. However, just as in 'real life', it's important to make sure your child is staying safe online. 

We know how demanding it can be to find the time when you're a busy parent, and also just how daunting it can be to try and work out if the information you've found online is up-to-date. That's why we were so pleased when Internet Matters launched last year. 

InternetMatters.org is a portal dedicated to making sure all parents are only a click away from advice, tips and support about online safety for children. The information is divided into age-appropriate sections to help you talk to your child about the issues and technologies they'll come across as they grow up online. From setting your parental controls to teaching your child how to be a good friend online, you'll find a wealth of information so that you can spend less time researching and more time having fun with your family. Clink on the link below to access their free resources. 

 

 

Other website that you may find useful

www.net-aware.org.uk - This website has some fantastic resources and videos to support discussions with children.

 

www.internetmatters.org/resources/esafety-leaflets-resources - This website has videos and parent guides to support your understating about age appropriate screen time, gaming, online bullying and general online safety.

 

www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers - This website can support with setting parental controls and developing knowledge of social media sites.

 

www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety - The website gives you advice on how to tackle difficult conversations with your child about online safety.

 

 

THE WEBLINKS BELOW PROVIDE CHILD FRIENDLY RESOURCES, GAMES, VIDEOS AND POSTERS THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME. 

 

WHATSAPP AND SNAP CHAT GUIDANCE

 

       

 

We have been made aware of some issues with children using WhatsApp and Snapchat outside of school. WhatsApp has an age restriction of 16+ and Snapchat has an age restriction of 13+ so it is recommended that children of a primary age do not use them. However, if you know your child uses them, as discussed in the NSPCC parent meeting it is very important that you monitor there use at home.

Please see the links below for a WhatsApp Safety Guide.

There has also been an update to the Snapchat app which means it is possible for people your child is friends with on the app to see their EXACT location in real time. This can pose a huge threat for children who may be friends with strangers. The update can be switched off. Please see the guidance below. It is important we make sure we keep out children safe in the real world and the online world. 

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