At Barrowby CE primary School, we strive to support our parents in keeping their children safe, while working online, at home.
To learn more about keeping your child safe while working online, please read our monthly E Safety Newsletters:
Junior Online Safety Officers
Barrowby has an active Online Safety committee, with wide representation from within the school.
After receiving training from the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), newly created Junior Online Safety Officers (JOSO) have been instrumental in shaping new policies and leading ‘missions’ on how to stay safe online.
Since their training, the children have been supporting their classes on how to keep safe online and be there to help support the teacher.
The JOSO's will have much to look forward to in the next academic year (23/24), supporting their peers, parents, staff and the wider community.
As a school, we recommend that any primary age pupils, working on-line at home access ‘age appropriate content’ and should be monitored by parents while using any internet based communication service e.g. iPad, iPod, X-box, e-mail, text, smartphone.
In order to keep your child safe at home our advice would be for you to:
- supervise any and all internet access, while at home, by a pupil of our school (4-11 years old) e.g. while children are on-line they should be in the same room as the adult;
- monitor the applications your child is downloading/using e.g. from iTunes, Play Store
- limit the amount of time pupils have access to technology to avoid excessive usage of age appropriate on-line gaming and internet access;
- inform your child/ren that you will periodically check internet search histories and follow through e.g. monthly; and
- regularly monitor and review access to: age appropriate chat rooms e.g. Kik, Moshi Monsters, and other social media.
Prior to children accessing the internet through:
- Mobile phones
- or on-line gaming via X-Box etc
Parents should ensure up to date security software/protocols are installed and enable any:
1. Fireguards and anti-virus software;
2. Parental controls; and
3. Filters before use by children.
Please refer to the booklet below providing parents with comprehensive guidance regarding establishing parental controls:
Parents should discuss with their child/ren what they would do, if someone:
- e-mailed or verbalised
- or text
- or sent inappropriate images
- or posted content
they deemed inappropriate or hurtful or they had not given permission to be used.
Encourage and remind your child/ren:
- to tell their parent (and/or teacher/trusted adult) when they are worried about something on-line so appropriate action can be taken;
- that no personal details should ever be shared on-line e.g. name, age, school, address etc.
Please see further guidance below:
Keeping your child safe
Advice for parents and carers working from home.
As a school, we may signpost Home Learning activities, which may include websites e.g. BBC Revisewise which we feel may benefit their education.
Any website or blogging tool which is recommended for use at home has been investigated by an adult within school; assessed for its suitability and if needed, various e-safety recommendations and protocols implemented, to keep our pupils safe when working on-line.
We will continue to do all we can to ensure our children’s e-safety in school and encourage you to do so at home, encouraging our pupils to be responsible and conscientious users of technologies, and, of course, tolerant and respectful of other users.
The internet can be a wonderful learning tool, but if children are to use it safely, it makes sense to establish rules for good practice with them right from the start.
At Barrowby CE Primary School, we take e-safety very seriously. Below you may read in more detail, our school's E-Safety Policy as well as our E-Safety Leaflet, which you can print off, at home.
Links to website you may find useful:
NSPCC - Online Parental Controls
NSPCC guide to parental controls and keeping your child safe online
Think U Know
Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPS)
To find out more about e-safety and to report a concern visit the CEOPS site.
Use this handy online tool to explore what sites, apps and games are right for your child
NSPCC Share Aware
For advice and support on setting up parental controls, adjusting privacy settings, understanding social networks and more