E-Safety

The children's e-safety is taken very seriously at St.Joseph's. Within our computing lessons we have specific 'e-safety' activities every term for each year group. 
In every computing project we do, teachers must identify and teach a related element of e-safety.
Some of the areas we cover include: online bullying or abuse, chatting online, the dangers of clicking yes, why not to give out personal information and how to search for appropriate and reliable information.
 
E-Safety in school also forms part of our safeguarding provision. As such, incidents concerning the safety and welfare of our children and staff are recorded and addressed appropriately.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
 
You can find more information about e-safety at home and in school under the parents tab 
 
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In Key Stage 2 the children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

  • Personal School Email Addresses - every child in Key Stage 2 has their own school email address and password which is unique to them. Through these personal emails children are given the opportunity to share work, ideas and use social media with their teachers and peers with maximum security. All emails are filtered and only emails from other St. Joseph email addresses are allowed.
  • Explore e-safety sites together - Below you will find year group appropriate links to the e-safety sites we use with our children during the year. Please take the time to look at them yourselves and discuss e-safety with your child.
  • Facebook / Bebo / Instagram / Myspace / Snapchat - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. Be careful with what you or your child share on social sites. 
  • Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

Some links to more information:

  • 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).
  • Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
  • Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
  • Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine. 
  • Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
  • Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
  • Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
  • Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine. 
  • 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 which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
  • Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

As a final note, at St. Joseph's we believe that whilst educating our children about E-safety is important we are very careful when teaching e-safety that we make children aware of dangerous issues without scaring them to.

In sharing e-safety rules our children develop a positive attitude to communicating online and acquire a safe and responsible set of online behaviours.

Please don't hesitate in contacting Mr Edmunds or Mrs Keeping for any further information on any E-Safety issues or questions you may have