Online safety has a high profile at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School for all stakeholders. We ensure this profile is maintained and that pupil needs are met by the following:
· A relevant up-to-date online safety curriculum which is progressive from Early Years to the end of Year 6.
· Through our home/school links and communication channels, parents are kept up to date with relevant online safety matters, policies and agreements. They know who to contact at school if they have concerns.
· Data policies which stipulate how we keep confidential information secure.
· A curriculum that is threaded throughout other curriculums and embedded in the day-to-day lives of our pupils.
· Pupils, staff and parents have Acceptable Use Policies which are signed and copies freely available.
· Training for staff and governors which is relevant to their needs and ultimately positively impacts on the pupils.
· Our online safety policy (part of our safeguarding policy) clearly states how monitoring of online safety is undertaken and any incidents/infringements to it are dealt with.
· Scheduled pupil voice sessions and learning walks steer changes and inform training needs.
· Filtering and monitoring systems for all our online access.
Information for parents
The digital world is vast, exciting and forever evolving at such a pace that parents often find it hard to keep up. Our children have never known life before the online world and are getting more and more tech-savvy at an earlier age. This causes many of us anxiety because we are not experts, we have not grown up in the age of online technology and we have not had childhood experience to draw upon when providing guidance for our own children. However, the digital world doesn’t have to be considered a place of worry for parents; in fact, it can be embraced as a tool for building a better future for us all.