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E-Safety at Hambleton Primary Academy

The Internet has become an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.

Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.

Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Schools should be aware of the potential dangers taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.

This area of our school website is dedicated to helping users better understand the issues around online safety and manage the risks more effectively.

Teaching Safe Use of the Internet and ICT

We believe that it is crucial to teach pupils how to use the Internet safely, both at home and at school, and we use the Kidsmart safety code to support our teaching in this area:

Kidsmart has been developed by the Childnet charity and is endorsed by the DfES

We teach these valuable safety codes through assemblies for all year groups, including Nursery and through our Computing and PSHCE curriculum.

The main aspects of this approach include the following five SMART tips:

  • Safe – Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online.
  • Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’/carers’ permission and then when they are present.
  • Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don’t really know or trust can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
  • Reliable – Someone online may be lying and not be who they say they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.
  • Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

Our online Safety Curriculum:

  • Our PSHCE Jigsaw curriculum covers all areas of E Safety from Reception to Year 6.
  • We also teach Digital Literacy and Citizenship through our Computing Curriculum.

The overviews are attached below.

In addition, the following links will provide you with a wealth of valuable information on how to keep your child safe online:

  • NSPCC Shareaware – Straightforward, no-nonsense advice will untangle the web, and show you how you can be just as great a parent online, as you are the rest of the time. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
  • ThinkuKnow – Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting and online gaming.
  • CEOP – Works across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse; includes information and advice for parents, news, and a facility to report abuse.
  • Childnet – Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people.
  • Kidsmart – Learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
  • BBC – CBBC Stay Safe – Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
  • Disney Online – Keep safe with Doug…find out lots of useful information!

If you have any concerns or worries about your child and online safety and would like further advice, please contact Mr Goldie, the school’s Online Safety Co-ordinator or speak to Mrs Wood, Principal.

E Safety Group

As part of our drive to raise the awareness of online safety, and to help our school community to become more responsible internet users, we have recently set up an online safety group. The group is made up of different stakeholders from Hambleton Primary Academy including, Senior Leaders, Teaching Staff, Support Staff, Parents, Governors and pupils.

There will be three meetings over the year, lasting no more than an hour after school on the following dates:

Monday 4th December 2017 at 3.30pm

Spring Term – TBC

Summer Term – TBC

Aims of the online safety group

  • To use the wide and varied knowledge of others with different skills.
  • To monitor the impact of online safety education and to identify and fill any gaps.
  • To raise and manage new initiatives including annual initiatives such as anti-bullying week and Safer Internet Day.
  • To monitor and review policies.
  • To monitor incidents and establish the best way of dealing with them.
  • To engage the community – working together to benefit all.

Up to date policies

If you wish to see our up-to-date online safety policy and other policies relating to online safety, please click on the attachments below.

Current age restrictions are as follows:

  • Facebook – 13 years of age.
  • Instagram – 13 years of age.
  • Pinterest – 13 years of age.
  • Tumblr – 13 years of age.
  • Whatsapp – 16 years of age.
  • Youtube – 18 years of age (13 – 17 with parental consent)
  • Twitter states that its services are not directed to persons under the age of 13.

Extra Resources

If your child does use Social Media, it is very important that you are aware of the age restrictions set up by the organisations. However, if your child does use social media – and uses it on mobile devices under your supervision, these valuable resources below may help to support you in keeping your child safe online.


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