Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford School we integrate a wide variety of technology into our lessons to support and enhance the children’s learning. E-safety is at the forefront of our teaching and underpins much of the work we do throughout the curriculum. We endeavour to teach e-safety to the children through the a range of different subjects, supported by focused assemblies, as well as visits from external specialists.
We teach our children to always be SMART online, and our key message is simply - 'the internet is generally a safe place, but if anything ever concerns you or upsets you - report it to an adult you know and trust'.
With the increasing use of smartphones and internet ready devices during this challenging period, it is important to still remain vigilant in how our children are using their devices, what they are accessing, and who they are communicating with and how. It is also important to put some limit on their devices to give them time away from the screens, to spend quality time with their family and pursue other activities.
As parents we can find this challenging and difficult to manage. Google have released FAMILY LINK - a fabulous app that allows parents to monitor and manage devices set up with a Google account and Android devices. The following is a guide on how to access to set up this app.
I would also like to remind you of the parent guides to the many popular apps children will be using to keep in contact with their friends, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, and gaming platforms on the web. Whilst social contact is important during this time, it is vital that we ensure our children are using these safely with the correct privacy settings.
This guide details many dangers of online grooming. Although very rare, being vigilant is a necessary element of protecting children online. The school take E-Safety education seriously and follows the advice of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to educate and provide a range of safety information for our children and their parents/carers.
For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents which is a very useful site for both parents and children to find further information and advice, or to report a concern about any online activity. See also their Online Grooming Factsheet.
For further advice in keeping children safe online, including activities and videos to do and watch with children, please visit the NSPCC website on the following link for a range of useful resources:
A practical website with online safety advice for parents and teachers with lesson plans, online activities and resources to help keep children safe.
ThinkUKnow is the education programme of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre aimed at children, and is based around three key themes linked with the use of the internet:
eSafety information from the BBC
Links from the DfE under COVID-19 Guidance for parents and carers due to educational school closures.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.