E-safety

Welcome to our E-safety page.

Web safety - moshi monsters

At Charmouth Primary School we are aware that E-Safety should be becoming more important in our daily lives. We acknowledge that we have a commitment to ensuring that parents, carers, children and the wider community are well informed about keeping safe when using the Internet.

This year, we invited the Safe Schools Community Team (SSCT) into school for a day to meet with parents, staff, governors and children about the importance of E-Safety. The SSCT is a partnership between Dorset Police, Dorset Youth Offending Team and Bournemouth & Poole Youth Offending Service.) SCCT are skilled and qualified in delivering training to children, young people, parents and professionals in Internet Safety. Each year group received an education programme that covered age related content.
Letter to Parents – E Safety Day – September 3rd 2014

It is intended that this training day of events will be an annual event and the next one will be in the autumn term of 2015. Details will be published once we have confirmed the dates.

As part of our efforts to promote E-Safety we will be launching an E-Safety group in the new year. This group will lead E-Safety across the school and it will also have the responsibility for communicating appropriate and relevant information to parents, carers, children and the community about E-Safety and what actions our school will be taking to improve policy and practice. The group will meet regularly and will comprise of a member of staff, the E-Safety nominated Governor, a parent representative and children from across the Key Stages. This group will provide opportunities for the children to suggest their own activities and agendas and will be able to keep everyone informed by communicating on the E-Safety page of our school website.

E Safety Committee – First meeting on Wednesday 25th February at 9.30am
A new E Safety committee is gong to be launched this month to promote to the safe use of the internet and to work in partnership to extend of our knowledge on how we can support our children. The school has completed an audit on E-safety and we have an action plan to follow that will enable us to work towards an E Safety award to demonstrate good practice within our school. The committee will include children, parents and governors. If you would like to be part of this school initiative and attend the first meeting, please contact Mrs Kerr, our Deputy headteacher.

Watch this space for the minutes of their first meeting in the spring term.

We will also be taking part in a national initiative called Safer Internet Day (SID) on 10th February 2015. This is organised by Insafe.  This is a European network that implements awareness and educational campaigns about the Internet. It runs a helpline, and works closely with youth to ensure an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder approach to creating a better internet. The Safer Internet Day on the 10th February is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
SID Factsheet for Parents/Carers – Information & Online Resources
SID Factsheet for Parents/Carers – Conversation Starters

This year’s focus is, ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

The day offers the opportunity to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people. Our Safer Internet Day will begin with a Whole School Assembly and throughout the day children will be able to explore what they can do to make sure they have a positive time online.

For parents and carers, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with your child/children about staying safe online. As the children will consider what they can do to help create a better internet, you may wish to talk to your child about what actions they could take to make the internet a kinder place?

Please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2015 for inspiration from many young people about what they promise to do on Safer Internet Day.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children’s digital lives.

A series of six free ‘Web Super Skills’ cards have been introduced and discussed with the children in school. These have been created by Vodafone and Moshi Monsters. They are bright and colourful and contain tips for staying safe on line. These posters are displayed in school but you can download them from the link below if you would like to help reinforce the message of E-Safety at home.

Please click here to view the ‘Moshi Monsters – Web Super Skills’ cards’.