Parent Guidance about eSafety
We know that children, particularly younger children, can be bothered by things they see online, and filters can be a helpful tool in reducing the chances of coming across something upsetting. Below is a link to guides to setting up filtering on your home computers to help ensure inappropriate content cannot be accessed. Please check back regularly as new guides will be added as they become relevant.
Remember that filtering is only part of the solution so check out our other links too!
BBC Own It App
BBC Own It app can help children to lead a positive online life. The app comes with a special keyboard that gives helpful tips and friendly advice as you type, plus it has a diary feature to help children track their feelings. Click here to find out more
Please complete our Parents E-safety Survey and hand in to our school office to help us target our e-safety training specifically to support you: E-Safety questionnaire
Internet Safety Day 2019
We take E-Safety very seriously at St. Mary’s and Internet Safety is at the core of our Computing lessons each week anyway, but on Tuesday 5th February, each class took it one step further and took a whole afternoon to think carefully about some serious aspects of E-Safety.
Our Reception children looked at Smartie the Penguin, who helped them to come up with ways they can keep themselves safe when using tablets.
Our Year 1 children looked at asking permission before using technology and also touched on the dangers of giving out personal information on websites. They completed an E-Safety course on Education City and earned themselves a certificate.
Year 1 Internet Safety activity
Year 2 discussed making the correct choices when using the internet. They helped Zap and Zoom make the correct choices when playing online games.
Year 2 Internet Safety activity
Here is what Year 3 got up to:
Year 3 Internet Safety activity
In Year 4, the children moved to stations around the hall in order to answer questions about online safety. This was interesting as it was all based on personal opinion and sparked lots of discussion.
They then filled in two t-shirts with information – one that could be worn publicly and one that could only be worn privately. This helped the children to decide which information we should and should not share online. Then the children took to our blog to have their say on different scenarios.
Year 5 discussed the issue of cyber bullying and made some ‘Power of online positivity’ posters to remind people how to respect each other both online and offline.
Year 6 focused on the power of social media and the impact it can have on others.
Digital Leaders 2018-2019
We have now elected our new Digital Leaders! Everyone from KS2 was given the chance to stand in the election and those that wanted to wrote a manifesto for why they would make a good Digital Leader. They read these manifestos out to their class and each class voted anonymously. The votes were counted and 3 Digital Leaders were elected from each junior class. Here they are:
You can find out what our Digital Leaders are up to this year by looking at the Digital Leader section of our website (under Pupils tab).
Digital Leaders 2017-2018
We now have our very own Digital Leaders at St. Mary’s! This group consists of children from Years 3-6 who are in charge of educating the rest of the school on any new technologies we adopt, and giving tips on how to keep safe when using ICT devices and programmes.
Our Digital Leaders will carry out assemblies, workshops and activities throughout the year relating to what they feel our school needs at the time. During the Autumn term, our Digital Leaders planned, resourced and presented an assembly to our Key Stage 2 children around chain mail text messages which seem to be doing the rounds at the minute. The assembly consisted of a role-play, a powerpoint and a song that emphasised how these type of text messages are not real, how we should never click on unknown links and to tell a parent / teacher straight away if we receive one. The assembly concluded with a popular Kahoot quiz in which each class competed against each other to answer E-Safety related questions on an Ipad.
To coincide with Anti-Bullying week, our Digital Leaders got together to plan and deliver a Cyber-bullying workshop for the children in our school to highlight the issues of bullying using technology. Cyber-bullying is rife in the world at the moment, so we wanted to ensure children in our school knew the dangers of it and how to spot the signs, in case a friend is taking part in the bullying or becomes a victim of it. Each class in KS2 got the chance to spend 25 minutes with our Digital Leaders taking part in various activities that made them think more about bullying in this way.
The workshop began with a powerpoint from 2 of our Year 6s, who introduced the issue with some thought-provoking points:
Then children were invited to visit different stations hosted by our Digital Leaders.
We had some cyber-bullying scenarios on our blog for children to read and respond with what they would do in that situation:
Family E-Safety Workshop March 2018
Our Digital Leaders helped plan and lead our biggest E-Safety workshop to date this March, when we invited families to join their children at an E-Safety workshop after school. We planned lots of activities that were split between various rooms and for each activity, people were able to earn a sticker which became an app on their Ipad pass. 4 stickers earned them a slice of pizza!
Once families had signed into our workshop, they followed digital footsteps to rooms that contained different activities. In one of the rooms, parents and Year 5 and 6 children were invited to watch an E-Safety film whilst the younger children took part in E-Safety games and quizzes in the ICT Suite with Mrs Redman and some of our Digital Leaders. There were E-Safety clips in all other rooms too… Here is a brief summary of the other activities on offer:
Apps and Adverts
This room was aimed towards KS1 children but everyone was welcome. It centred around Smartie the Penguin and what he should do when unwanted pop-ups appeared online.
In this room, children and their families devised a super safe password and checked it with an online password checker, designed a webcam cover and had the opportunity to create a Parent / Child contract on using the internet at home.
Social Media and Cyber-bullying
Here, families played a game of matching pairs – matching the social media apps to their legal ages. They were also able to design two T-shirts – a private one which would only be worn indoors and a public one which would be worn outdoors. This enabled people to think about the kind of information that shouldn’t be shared publicly. Many families also enjoyed finding out more about cyber-bullying and completing wordsearches and acrostic poems.
Youtube and Gaming
Children enjoyed using Ipads to create a vlog explaining how to keep safe online when filming and posting videos, and working with their families to create a map of their real-life family and friend connections using a mapping tool on Purple Mash. Parents were also introduced to our school blog where they could work with their children to answer E-Safety scenario questions.
Thank you once again to our Digital Leaders and to the families who attended. We hope you found the evening useful and took something away from it! We have received lots of positive feedback through our feedback forms and the E-Safety questionnaire many of you carried out. Please have a look at our photos below – can you spot yourself enjoying the activities?
If you feel there are other E-Safety issues that you would like to see addressed in school, please let us know and we will look at how our Digital Leaders can help!