Staying Safe Online
“Online safety can be described as a school's ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology and to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.
It is usually identified in 3 main areas:
Content - being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
Contact - being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
Conduct - personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.”
Online Safety information
The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, and, just like pupils across the country, the pupils here at Alfriston School spend a great deal of time using the internet within school and at home. Online safety does not just encompass Internet technologies but also electronic communications such as mobile phones. This is why it is important pupils at Alfriston learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.
In school, children learn about online safety through regular lessons along with assemblies and workshops. We have an Online Safety Policy in place at Alfriston and an ICT Acceptable Use agreement which all staff, parents and pupils sign. Link here. We also encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about how to behave safely when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home.
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.
If you or you child have been made to feel unsafe, worried or scared online, you can seek advice or report the incident online to CEOP (a law enforcement agency to keep children safe online), please click here to go to the website.
OFSTED Online Safety Webinar
The webinar focuses on what OFSTED look for during inspections, to determine the effectiveness of safeguarding, it also has some powerful input from a parent of a victim of online grooming. The webinar is one hour long, click here to view.
As part of our commitment to online safety, you can book a time to discuss any concerns or require any support regarding online safety. Make an appointment here.