‘Being online’ is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. They access their virtual worlds through social media, online games, websites and apps through a variety of widely available technology such as: mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Masefield. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally. These measures help safeguard our pupils from potential dangers and their ability to access inappropriate content in school. All online safety incidents are recorded and where appropriate, investigated.
Online Safety is taught throughout school, from EYFS to Year 6. At the start of every half term, we spend the first week back in school covering subjects such as 'N'etiquette, social media profile settings, password creation and screen time restrictions. However, throughout the school, staff refer to good online safety practice during the school day to ensure that children understand that every online action requires conscious thought.
To ensure that as a school we keep abreast of the fast evolving online world, we have become a National Online Safety accredited school. Using their resources ensures that we, as staff, have the knowledge we need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. They have a range of parent information leaflets giving advice on what a website or app is about, age restrictions, etc.