Welcome to the Online Safety section of our website. Here you can find information about how to stay safe online, including the safe and responsible use of social media.
Everybody who has access to the Internet could see inappropriate websites and images; be the victim of cyber bullying, or receive spam emails so it is really important that we know how to use technology and the Internet safely. The Internet is also a BRILLIANT resource full of useful information and we have the ability to download music, create websites, enhance learning, read the news, watch videos, write blogs, game and chat.
At Penwortham Primary School we encourage responsible use of technology. If we are aware of the possible dangers and follow the online safety rules we can stay safe online and have fun.
- Discuss, monitor and review our online safety policy on a regular basis.
- Support staff in the use of technology as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of online safety across the whole school curriculum.
- Ensure that pupils are aware, through online safety education, of the potential online safety risks associated with the use of technology. Additionally, we ensure that all online safety concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively and that pupils feel able and safe to report incidents.
- Provide opportunities for parents/carers to receive online safety education and information to enable them to support their children in developing good online safety behaviour. The school will report back to parents / carers regarding online safety concerns. Parents/carers in turn work with the school to uphold the online safety policy.
- Seek to learn from online safety good practice elsewhere.
Along with regular lessons within our Computing and PSHE curriculum, we take part in Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre this celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
At home, sometimes children can have unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to gain access to social media sites where strangers can virtually enter their homes. It is essential that we know how to stay safe online. If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the school.
Our online safety policy can be found on the SAFETY area and the Safeguarding tab.
Information for Parents and Carers
Here is a list of really useful websites, full of information for parents and activities/games for children and families. Please check them yourselves before sharing the links with your child.
Think U Know – containing Internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers,
this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Vodafone Parents – Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation that helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – Childline is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
www.net-aware.org.uk – NSPCC guide to the social networks that children use.
Parent-Guardian Online Radicalisation Information and Support - advice on radicalisation.
BBC Own It - Getting your first phone tips and advice - clear steps to follow when children have a mobile phone
for the first time.
Parents and carers - Childnet - lots of advice, resources and tips.
Overview - Swiggle.org.uk - a child-friendly internet search engine.
For more support online during Covid-19 please see the following links:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
- Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19
- Social Media Checklists
Information for Children
There are some great games here:
Here are links to useful websites where you can learn more about being safe on the Internet:
For EYFS/KS1 children: