At St Mary’s we recognise that e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy.
e-Safety is taught to all pupils from nursery. Pupils are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Banning Internet and technology will not help pupils instead we need to teach children how to use the internet safely. Therefore during ‘Internet Safety Week’ each class has extensive e-Safety lessons to ensure every pupils leaves our school knowing how to stay safe online.
However we recognise that, we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents and guardians to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation as a whole family about how the internet should be used safely and responsibly when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house. To support parents in creating a family agreement Childnet International have put together some free advice and a helpful family agreement template for families to use as a starting point.
Please find below two documents to help you create your own family agreement: (attach files in emails as hyperlinks)