Ponsbourne St Mary's C of E Primary School

Love to Learn, Learn to Love

Newgate Street Village, Nr. Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8RA

01707 872395

admin@ponsbourne.herts.sch.uk

E-Safety

Please ask permission before taking photographs on the school premises. Photos should not be posted on Facebook or any other sites. 

E-safety is an integral part of children's education in today's digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

E-Safety at School

As part of your child's curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern  world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. 

As part of our Computing scheme of work, E-safety is covered each year. We ask both parents and pupils to read and sign the Online Safety Acceptable Use Agreement. This can be found here in the Online Safety Policy.

E-Safety at Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com.

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block the services they use. 
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online.

Visit our E-Safety Guides page for information on the most popular games and social networks.

Safer Internet Day

This year we celebrated Safer Internet Day on the 11th February. This year's theme is Together for a Better Internet.

In Both Key Stage One and Two, we spoke about Online Identity and how we keep ourselves safe online.

We also spoke about age restrictions on games and social media and why it is important that we follow this guidance.

E-Safety Bulletin

Please click here for the latest E-Safety bulletin.

Useful Websites for Parents

Please click here to access the Department for Education support website, Parent Info.

Please click here to view the Department for Education advice on cyberbullying.

www.childnet.com

An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of internet are addressed.

www.saferinternet.org.uk

Here you will find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.

www.internetmatters.org.uk

Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.

www.net-aware.org.uk

A website set up by the NSPCC and O2 to provide information on social networks, app and games.