E-safety is an important element of our safeguarding responsibility and of children's learning as they grow up in an increasingly digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technology in a positive way. E-safety is not just about restricting children, but about educating them about both the risks and benefits so they can feel confident and safe online.
It is also about educating ourselves - staff and parents/carers - so we are suitably informed to be able to support and understand children's use of the Internet and electronic devices.
We have a full E-safety programme embedded into our curriculum framework so that all children have regular, age-appropriate learning opportunities. We also have occasional workshops and whole school focuses linked to E-safety, such as during the annual Anti-Bullying Weeks and Internet Safety Day.
If you have any concerns or queries linked to your child's use of the Internet, gaming, social media and so on, please contact their class teacher or our school E-safety coordinator, Mr Joe Rainford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Middleton's policy on E-safety, along with posters we display in school to remind children of some key points, can be found here:
Other useful information and web links on e-safety:
- Top tips for staying safe online
- Thinkuknow - an informative and engaging website run by NCA-CEOP, with activities and contents from age 4 to adult
- Safety Net Kids - another website with useful information on online safety and cyberbullying
- Childnet - for Parents and Carers
- Get Smart - more activities for primary aged children to raise awareness
- UK Safer Internet Centre - more tips, advice and guides
- Net Aware - guides on popular games and apps
- Common Sense Media - information and reviews on games, apps, websites and TV shows
- Internet Matters - help on using parental controls and privacy settings
- CEOP - information and reporting on online grooming or abuse