Teaching Online Safety at Manorbrook
Teaching our children to stay safe on line is a crucial part of their learning. It is essential that children are equipped with the tools they need to become responsible online citizens.
Much of the explicit teaching in this area is delivered through the online safety aspects of our computing curriculum. To support this, many additional opportunities are planned resulting in frequent discussion of e-safety rules, responsibilities and issues.
A detailed breakdown of the online safety training children will receive at Manorbrook can be found on our curriculum tab, under computing.
Each February our school participates in ‘Safer Internet Day’, a world-wide initiative raising the profile of e-safety to learners of all ages.
Throughout the year, whenever the internet is used in any area of the curriculum, children are reminded of the basic rules. They know they must search through the ‘Swiggle’ browser and stay on sites they have been directed towards. Older children, who are carrying out independent research, are taught about how to select sites that may be useful and appropriate to their needs.
Discussion around the reliability of information found on-line also takes place.
We believe our children are confident in discussion of aspects of e-safety but remain aware that this must transfer into their practice at home and at school to be effective. If you have any online safety concerns that you wish to discuss we will be happy to help. Please let us know, either via the school office or your child's class teacher.
Filtering and Monitoring on the School IT System
Guidance for Parents
The key guidance document for all safeguarding matters is Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). It is updated annually to provide the most current and relevant support possible. The September 2022 edition of KCSIE contains the following set of recommended websites, which may be helpful for parents interested in keeping their children safe online, and all matters associated with online safety:
Online safety- Parental support
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, and to find out where to get more help and support
Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
How Can I Help My Child? Marie Collins Foundation – Sexual Abuse Online
Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
Stopitnow resource from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
Talking to your child about online sexual harassment: A guide for parents – This is the Children’s Commissioner’s parent guide on talking to your children about online sexual harassment
#Ask the awkward – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre guidance to parents to talk to their children about online relationships