The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, and, just like pupils across the country, the pupils here at Westbury Leigh Primary School spend a great deal of time using the internet within school and at home. This is why it is important pupils at Westbury Leigh learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.
Online Safety at Home
We also encourage parents to set up filtering on their home internet. To learn how to do this for the major providers of internet please click the text below:
We also suggest parents visit net aware for up to date information on Facebook privacy settings, as whilst we know that no children under the age of 13 should be on Facebook, if they are then they should be educated as to how to ensure they are safe.
For more information on how to stay whilst on Facebook, please check out this Facebook Checklist from SWGFL.
Snapchat is an app that allows you to send a phot, video or message that `disappears` after a certain amount of time. Please check out this Snapchat - Checklist from SWGFL.
Twitter is an online news and soical networking service on which users are able to post and interact with messages known as tweets. Please check out this Twitter Checklist from SWGFL.
Advice on Specific Internet Enabled Devices
Below are guides which provide specific tips on how to help support your child to use internet enabled devices safely and responsibly:
- Top Tips for iphone
- Top Tips for iphone touch
- Top Tips for Kindle Fire
- Top Tips for PlayStation PS4 and PS Vita
Online Safety at School
Westbury Leigh Primary School works with staff, pupils and parents/carers to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks.
We discuss, monitor and review our e-safety policy on a regular basis, linking it with other relevant policies such as Safeguarding, Pupil Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies. We support staff in the use of ICT as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of e-safety across the whole school curriculum.
We ensure that pupils are aware of the potential e-safety risks associated with theuse of ICT and mobile technologies, that pupils feel able and safe to report incidents and abide by the school's e-safety policy. Each year we arrange for an E-Safety consultant to visit the school to share his expertise with the children regarding relevant issues. This has always been well received by the children and teachers alike and had provided useful follow up sessions in class.
Our e-safety Lead and Ambassador is Mr John Fowler
We provide opportunities for parents/carers to receive e-safety education and information, to enable them to support their children in developing good e-safety behaviour.
Article 17: Every child has the right to reliable information from the media.
e-safety is featured within our bi-weekly newsletter, take a look at the current copies here.
We are committed to making on-going improvements to our E-safeguarding provision within school. We are registered with 360 degree E-Safe and regularly review and evaluate the progress we are making. We are proud to have received this certificate which recognises our commitment.
- BBC Stay Safe - Do you know how to stay safe online? Dongle the Rabbit will teach you all he knows with his video and quiz.
- NetSmart - Be totally cool and show your friends how much you know about Internet safety by watching the video clips on here. There are also loads of activities and games that will test your knowledge!
- Newsround - Test your knowledge of Internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround. There's also further information if you're not sure on anything.
- Safe Surfing with Doug - Find out about safe surfing with Doug and his friends.
- McGruff - McGruff is a Crime Dog; world famous for his advice on how to stop crime before it happens, and for his great sense of humour! Some of his work involves teaching children how to stay safe online. Check out the different areas of the site – there's so much to learn!
- Safety Land - Safety land is normally a very nice place to live but a nasty character is sending nasty emails and messages. Captain Broadband needs your help to find the nasty character. You need to navigate around Safety Land answering questions. When you have answered them all correctly, the nasty character will be taken to jail and you'll become a certified hero - just like Captain Broadband.
- Sid's Online Safety Guide - Become an Internet safety expert with Bizzi Sid by collecting codes and playing cool games.
- Surf Swell Island - Surf Swell Island provides you with lots of adventures in Internet safety so that you can collect jewels to take to treasure palace – are you brave enough to take the challenge?
Useful External e-safety websites
ShareAware: The internet is a great place for children to be and ShareAware makes it safer. ShareAware provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice to help untangle the web and empowers parents and cares to have conversations with their children about staying safe online and through social media
NetAware: Net Aware is an online tool that informs parents about the social networks, apps and games that children might be using. We looked at the frequency of inappropriate content, how robust and easy to find the privacy settings are, and why children like using the sites. We regularly update Net Aware with new apps, and parents can sign up to Net Aware newsletters to keep up with digital trends.
NSPCC/O2 Online Safety Helpline: This helpline provides practical, technical advice including parental controls on electronic devices, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks, and information about online gaming. 0808 800 5002
Introducing SCARF - Coram Life Education - Introducing SCARF. There's now a proven link between pupils' health and wellbeing, and their academic achievement. Crucial skills and positive attitudes developed
- Kid Smart
- The South West grid for learning
- Thinkuknow - is a really useful website and is the education programme from CEOP.
- Internet Watch Foundation - who seek to minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content.
- Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)
- Childnet International
- Ins@fe Safer Internet