Safer Internet Day 2020: Tuesday 11th February and this year we are exploring the theme of consent online, with the theme:
Our Internet, Our Choice: Understanding Consent in a Digital World
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
Find out more and get involved!
Learning about e-safety with the Safety Snakes game and Beebots!E-safety
Remember, be SMART online!
Safe – do I feel safe online?
Meeting – should I meet someone that I don’t know in the real world?
Accepting – be careful what you click on!
Reliable – can you be sure what you read on the internet is true?
Tell – if something online makes you feel uncomfortable then tell an adult.
It’s very important to keep safe on-line both in school and at home. Here are some links for you to find out more.
Internet Safety Quiz How safe are you online? Take this quiz to find out!
Primary ICT Search Engine Safe search engine suitable for Primary age children.
Report Abuse Button If someone is trying to gain your personal information, or is using the internet to make you feel unhappy, use this button to report it.
Childline You can call Childline on 0800 1111
Summary of E-Safety Policy
Reviewed – February 2020
Computers and other digital devices are an essential resource to support learning and teaching, and also play an important role in our everyday lives. Technologies is now part of the Curriculum for Excellence and schools are developing the use of these technologies in order to equip our young people with skills for learning, life and work.
Longstone Primary School is aware that the digital technology environment is constantly changing, with new apps, tools, devices, websites and content emerging at a rapid pace.
Digital Learning and ICT includes the use of a range of resources including web-based and mobile learning. Applications that children and young people are using both in the classroom and at home include:
• Mobile devices
• Video & Multimedia
• Social Media platforms
In learning to use digital technology effectively and safely, children need to become aware of the risks involved. Longstone Primary School aims to provide internet safety education for all pupils, appropriate for the age and stage of the pupils, and in doing so, developing their wider skills in critical thinking, teamwork and digital literacy.
Longstone Primary School’s Online Safety Policy and the Acceptable Use Agreements apply to all pupils, staff and visitors.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Head Teacher takes responsibility to ensure that the Online Safety Policy is shared, adhered to and monitored. The policy is designed to protect the interests and safety of the whole school community and is linked to the child protection and anti-bullying policies.
Online Safety in the Curriculum
The school provides opportunities within the curriculum to teach about e-safety. This is carried out as part of the Technologies Curriculum (Cyber resilience and internet safety) and also more informally when opportunities arise.
Pupils are aware of the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues.
Pupils know how to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies.
Each year, Longstone Primary School participates in e-safety activities for Safer Internet Day.
Security, Data and Confidentiality
Acceptable Use Agreements are available for all users. All data relating to the school or pupils is managed in accordance with the Data Protection Act (GDPR) 2018.
Internet Access and Usage
All internet activity within school is monitored and filtered through City of Edinburgh Council’s IT systems. If inappropriate use is detected, the Head Teacher will be notified, and the incident will be followed up in line with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Pupils will have supervised access to Internet resources through the school’s digital devices.
Where Internet research is necessary for homework, teachers will remind students of keeping safe online and parents are encouraged to support and supervise any further research.
Personal Mobile devices (including phones)
Pupils are allowed to bring mobile devices to school but these must be handed in to teaching staff and stored in a safe place for the duration of the school day.
The school is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any personal mobile device.
The use of email within school is an essential means of communication for staff.Pupils currently do not access individual email accounts within school.
Staff must inform (the e-safety co-ordinator/ line manager/ ICT Manager) if they receive an offensive or inappropriate e-mail.
The school does not allow pupils to access their private accounts on social or gaming networks at any time during the school day.
Longstone Primary School strongly discourages children from using age inappropriate social networking outside school. If staff become aware of incidents or activities on these social networks, which directly affects children’s behaviour or attitudes within school, then the school reserves the right to take action regarding their accounts. This action may include discussions with parents, information letters or reporting the child’s access to the respective organisations/companies.
Safe Use of Images
Creation of videos and photographs
Parental consent is sought (on behalf of pupils) for taking photographs and using images of pupils. Parents/ carers may withdraw or amend permission, in writing, at any time.
Staff are not permitted to use personal digital equipment, such as mobile phones and cameras, to record images of pupils, including trips. School’s own mobile devices must always be used.
Staff are provided with information about children they have responsibility for, who do or do not have photograph permissions. They are also aware of the type of permission that has been granted.
All users are aware of the procedures for reporting accidental access to inappropriate materials. The breach must be immediately reported to the Headteacher.
Deliberate access to inappropriate materials by any user will lead to the incident being logged and depending on the seriousness of the offence; investigation maybe carried out by the Headteacher, City of Edinburgh Council or Police Scotland.
Pupils with additional needs
Longstone Primary School aims to deliver a consistent message to parents and pupils with regard to the schools’ online safety rules.
Staff are aware that some pupils may require additional teaching including reminders, prompts and further explanation to reinforce their existing knowledge and understanding of online safety issues.
If pupil requires support with social understanding, careful consideration is given to group interactions when raising awareness of e-safety.
Internet activities are planned and well-managed for all children in the school including those with additional support needs.
Complaints or concerns relating to e-safety should be made to a member of the Senior Management Team.