We take online safety very seriously at Buxton Junior School as we believe it is one of the most important safeguarding areas we as teachers and parents must address. In school we keep up to date with the latest apps and games that the children may be playing on at home and give tips to parents in termly newsletters as to how best to tackle this challenging issue. We welcome outside speakers such as the NSPCC, Google and ParentZone and Tracy Goode from Online Safety Solutions as we feel there is always value in the message being delivered by other people who believe how vital it is to stay safe online. Online safety is also taught through the PSHE and IT Curriculum and is referred to in other whole school procedures and policies. Termly online safety assemblies provide an opportunity to share a consistent online safety message.
Our Online Safety Coordinator is Mr Mitchard. He has introduced the Top Ten Tips for staying safe online across the school. These were developed by the Derbyshire Youth Forum (Made up of Primary and secondary schools) and are very clear and accessible. They are displayed in every classroom.
Top 10 Online Safety Tips
- Keep Personal Information Private - You wouldn't hand out personal information to strangers in the street—so why hand it out to millions of people online?
- Check Privacy settings – Stay in control of who can see the stuff you post online. If all your setting are on Private only people you approve will be able to see.
- Think before you post - Any comment or image you post online may stay online forever because removing the original does not remove any copies that other people may have made. Before you post it ask yourself is this a good idea?
- Know who your friends are - People you meet online are not always who they claim to be. They may not even be real. Only accept follow or friend requests from people you know in real life.
- Protect your passwords – Treat your password like your toothbrush, never share it with anyone else.
- Respect - Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with their views doesn’t mean you need to be rude. Ask yourself is what you’re going to say helpful or hurtful.
- Log off – If you Log on make sure you Log off. If you are always logged onto your accounts, people could use your details without your permission!
- Protect your device – Make sure you lock your devices when you aren’t using them, that way if you lose it or its stolen people won’t be able to access your personal files and steal your identity.
- Know where to get help - Understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
- Enjoy – The internet provides lots of opportunities for creativity and can provide valuable opportunities to explore passions and aspirations, keep in contact with Family and Friends, learn new things and engagement with world issues – use it wisely.
Buxton Junior School has completed the 360 Degree Safe Self Review Tool and is working towards this accreditation. An Online Safety Group has been created which involves stakeholders.
Parents and carers are encouraged to attend regular Online Safety Sessions. If you would like to join our Online Safety Group, please contact Mrs Dowling or Mr Mitchard.