To help children stay safe in the online world, e-safety is taught to all year groups through the curriculum and computing and PSHE lessons.
The Elliot Foundation Trust uses a monitoring system called 'Smoothwall' for all of its schools, which monitors your child’s use of the internet and school provided online resources whilst they are logged in to their school Google accounts eg Google classroom.
The software monitors your child’s usage to ensure they are not accessing inappropriate material, receiving or sending malicious communications or in contact with people who are potentially harmful.
It is essential that if your child uses a shared device in the home e.g. a tablet or a laptop that they log out of their school Google accounts after they have finished undertaking their school work. This will automatically disconnect the monitoring software.
The Elliot Foundation has prepared a Privacy Notice for Parents for the use of Smoothwall, which can be found on our 'Policies' page, under the 'Parents' tab.
Useful tips for parents:
- Try to monitor your child’s online use and their internet access - maybe by being in a shared work space or area at home.
- Remind your child to let you know if they see anything upsetting or inappropriate online so that you can support them.
- Talk to your children about the advantages of being able to access the internet alongside the risks of ‘over sharing’, sharing private information and cyber bullying.
- See The Elliot Foundation Academies home learning page for access to services and charities for parents by clicking here: Home Learning & Online Safety
'Think u Know' is a website by the CEOP that offers guidance about how to talk with your child about online safety as well as practical and technical advice. CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both.
The aim of the website is to ensure that everyone has access to practical information about keeping safe online – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. Alongside the 'Think u Know' website, the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness. Click on the 'Think u Know' logo below to go to their website:
The NSPCC has a really helpful website - be 'net aware' and have a look at this useful guide to social networks, games and apps. Click on the logo for access:
'Internet matters' provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. Click below to go to their website:
'Parent Info' is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. Click below for access:
ChildNet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support. Click on the logo for access to their website:
UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services - click on the logo below: