Why is eSafety important?
Here at St. Mary's we take every aspect of childrens' safety very seriously. In the quickly evolving world of technology and social media, eSafety has never been more relevant.
Both the school and parents/guardians need to ensure all is done to make technology an enjoyable, but safe, resource for learning and playing.
How does the school cover eSafety?
Quite often, the first experience the children get with many technologies is at school; it is therefore important they are taught how to use them correctly and safely. As a school, it is our duty to teach children about eSafety discreetly in computing lessons (taught using the Herts for Learning Scheme), assemblies and also through themed days.
Promoting E Safety at School
Regular e safety guidance is vital as there are constant changes in online communication and technologies and we constantly look for opportunities to promote e safety.
- We provide opportunities within the school curriculum to teach about e safety.
- Pupils are made aware of legislation such as data protection, copyright, safe use of images and intellectual property – which bring limitations but are designed to protect.
- Pupils are aware of the impact of cyberbullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying.
Promoting E Safety in the Home
We also believe it is important for parents to be aware online and technological developments to ensure that they are able to protect their children in the home – where most online interaction takes place.
To this end we will –
- Seek opportunities to communicate safety issues to parents. Items on newsletters, parent advice meetings, literature in school
- Make e safety newsletters available via the school website.
- Create a bank of useful online resources for parents.
- Seek feedback from parents regarding e safety matters.