'an outstanding school' Ofsted 2013
All children are taught in class about acceptable use of ICT and these guidelines are sent home in order that parents and the school can work together to keep children safe when online and to ensure that their use of ICT is age appropriate. The guidelines for Acceptable ICT Use can be found here and the Online Safety policy can be found here.
This presentation was delivered at our recent ICT Safety Workshop for parents by Derek Crabtree, from the Local Authority.
The following websites contain lots of useful information to keep your family safe online and when using mobile technologies:
www.theparentzone.co.uk/ - so many great resources and advice on how to approach digital safety with your child.
www.childnet-int.org - a non-profit organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children's safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce and online CD guide specifically for parents called Know IT All - www.childnet-int.org/kia/
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own edcational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
Here are some other documents you might find useful. The first is a checklist that serves as a useful guide to buying a mobile phone for a child. The other documents give advice on the safe use of smartphones, Internet-enabled devices (such as iPads) and gaming devices.
We have recently appointed Digital leaders at Holy Trinity, who are children with an interest or talent in Computing. These children are responsible for; promoting E-safety practices around school, designing and maintaining a blog, interviewing future candidates, training future leaders, supporting staff and children with ICT software, ensuring I- pads are charged and ready for use, reviewing apps on i-pads
How do children become Digital Leaders?
Children in Year 4 and 5 can apply for the position of the Digital Leader once a year. Children complete the application for using the job specification and are then interviewed for the position. These Digital Leaders remain in place throughout Year 4 and 5. During Year 6, Digital Leaders take a mentoring role to help train new Digital Leaders.
What will Digital Leaders be expected to do?
Promote internet safety; know how to report/block individuals.
Use hardware such as interactive whiteboards, Beebots, data loggers
Make sure they are competent in the main software used in school.
Get training in new technology as it comes into the school.
Keep technology spaces clean and tidy and serviced.
Audit how often different programs and apps are used.
Review apps and software and make recommendations.
Raise the profile of ICT in the school, especially if they have badges.
Write instructions for different pieces of software or apps.
Make governors more aware of the importance of ICT in all areas of the school.
Offer in-class support to teachers.
Help to inform and enforce the school's e-safety policies.
Go on ICT learning walks to see what’s going on across the school and take photos to put on website
Identify opportunities and overcome challenges for making better use of new and already existing technologies for learning in school and at home