Using the internet safely and positively is a message we promote here at Invicta Primary School and are committed to teaching our children about. Along with embedding digital literacy within our computing curriculum, each year we celebrate Safer Internet Day and hold an Online Safety Week to promote the safe and responsible use of technology . It is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year with assemblies, workshops and teacher swaps.
Keeping children safe online during school closure
We know that school closures mean that children are working increasingly on the internet, raising the importance of children being safe online at home. It is especially important for parents and carers to ensure safe settings are enabled on any device and internet connection they are using. (see Internet Matters link for support with this )
The school are providing online learning opportunities, using Google Classroom. Here, children can contact their class teachers and fellow classmates in a secure setting. It is a classroom environment that is safe and friendly for pupils. When children are logged into Google Drive under their school username, they are protected by the schools filtering system for safe searches.
See LGFL's 6 top tips for staying safe online during school closures here
You may choose to supplement the the school's online learning opportunities with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. We want to emphasise the importance of securing online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. To support you with this, we have include links to guidance at the bottom of this page.
How to report online safety concerns
If you have a online safety concern using Google Classroom , you can report it to the school by emailing the class teacher, who will notify the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead, Ms Cuff and Online Safety Lead, Ms Scott. This includes instances of online bullying within the platform.
Children can 'comment' on Google Classroom to their teacher to notify them of any concerns they may have.
If you have a concern whilst your child is online elsewhere , please see useful contacts below . Report any online bullying within apps or games being used. You can of course, still contact the school with these concerns also.
- Childline - for support
- Reporting Harmful Content - can be used by both children and adults
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
If you , or the person you are helping is in immediate danger please contact police dialing 999
Where else you can find support
If you would like more information on what you can do at home to help support your child with online safety you can find parent resources at the links below
Department of Education - latest guidance for safeguarding in schools ( 27/03/2020)
Internet Matters - how to set parent controls on any device - WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS !
Childnet - advice for parents and carers
London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware - guides on popular games, apps, TV shows and websites and support from NSPCC
Thinkuknow for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
National Online Safety twitter page - current and regular advice