Staying Safe Online
Shipley Primary School takes online safety very seriously. There is a wealth of information out there for our pupils to access online to support their education. We encourage the use of online learning sites and communication between home and school using Dojo and Google Classroom. We must ensure that we access remote learning safely and therefore we have created a number of documents and videos and provided links to websites that will support our community and educate them in the safe use of online resources. We hope you find everything you are looking for on this page. However, if you are ever unsure, are worried about online safety or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact us. Miss Drake is our Computing lead and Miss Kelly and Mrs Briggs are our Designated Safeguarding Leads. Please contact the office and ask for any of these members of staff who will be happy to help.
Please see our newsletters for weekly E-Safety Awareness information.
If your child has to learn from home for a period of time, they could be asked to access learning via Dojo or Google Classroom. These are safe learning platforms. Staff have been trained in how to deliver online learning content safely and follow our remote learning guidance. Your child will never be asked to meet with a member of staff 1-1. If live streaming takes place, video recordings will not take place without parental consent being sought. Online messaging and live streaming is monitored by more than one member of staff e.g. class teacher and IT lead. Staff will only contact your child during school hours and we ask that this rule is reciprocated. Only school accounts will be used, no personal accounts. Staff will only use messaging services within Dojo and Google Classroom to discuss learning. Any pastoral needs which may arise will be discussed with the parent and a Designated Safeguarding Lead will be alerted. Phone numbers, names, addresses etc will not be shared in line with GDPR regulations. If any contact is made with your child which does not follow these guidelines please report your concern to the Headteacher immediately.
Parents have a responsibility to ensure their children are safe when online. There are many websites out there to help you with this. We would suggest the following.
NSPCC- https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ This website will help you understand different games, apps, social media sites. It includes online gaming and how to set up parental controls on your wifi settings.
Mobicip- Parental control software
Safe kids– Simple rules for kids to follow online
BBC Webwise– Advice for developing your online skills
Guide to mobile web safety
National Online Safety – Specialists in Online Safety Training for Schools
The following websites have been recommended by the government
- support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
- guidance on staying safe online which includes information on security and privacy settings
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
- Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- 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
- 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
- London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- 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
If you have any safeguarding concerns in relation to remote online education please contact the E-safety curriculum lead or DSL as detailed above. Schools follow Keeping Children Safe in Education guide and the school safeguarding policy and E-safety policy and procedure.
Harmful or upsetting content
Parents need to be aware of what their children are accessing online at all times. We recommend that your child only uses online resources when you are present. Even though your child may be accessing content you are aware of, there are ways in which this resource can be accessed by inappropriate content. Please make sure you report any inappropriate online content via the report button on many media sites or the UK Safer Internet Centre. Always report problems you encounter to school so that we can alert other parents and carers and support your child from within school regarding anything they have seen or experienced.
We will use the following sites
- reporting harmful online content to the UK Safer Internet Centre
- getting government advice and trusted resources from Educate Against Hate on safeguarding from radicalisation, building resilience to extremism, and promoting shared values
Bullying or abuse online
Governors monitor bullying and racist incidents, this includes online. It is vitally important that we work together to ensure that online bullying does not take place. If you see a change in your child' behaviour or your child discloses something to you regarding bullying please make sure you contact school immediately. School use the following websites for advice. The following link provides a wealth of information for parents regarding online bullying and cyberbullying https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/Search?term=online+bullying+support+for+parents
- get advice on reporting online abuse from the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection command
- get advice and support from Anti-Bullying Alliance for children who are being bullied