Every time there's a new tool, whether it's internet or cell phones or anything else, all these things can be used for good evil. Technology is neutral; it depends on how it's used.At Farnham Green, we believe that a strong relationship with families and the community is essential to being successful in keeping our pupils safe online. We enjoy opportunities to work with parents/carers to ensure that the online safety messages received at home and at school are consistent. We look forward to building on this collaborative relationship in the future. Our whole-school, cross-curricular approach aims to provide children with the knowledge and practical skills to apply in the future.
As a school we have:
- a trained workforce who are confident in online safety, identifying and responding to concerns
- resources to teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online
- resources and advice to share with parents and carers
- robust e-safety policies and procedures, IT infrastructure and support and regular reviewing of our online safety provision.
School Acceptable Usage
Please find below the Acceptable Usage Policies for our school. These policies are put in place to ensure everyone can use the digital devices around the school safely and secure in the knowledge that this is of paramount importance to the school.
Please read the policies so that you are aware of the statements your child/children are signing and agreeing to adhere to. If necessary, discuss with your child/children so you know they understand. If you should have any questions regarding these policies, please contact one of our safeguarding team, who will be happy to discuss them with you. An appointment can be booked via the school office.
Useful Online Safety Videos
Please watch the below video of five simple tips for managing media devices for children of ages 3-8 years old
Please watch the below video about supporting young children online ages 6-10 years old
If you would like further information about Online Safety, please click any of the links below:
Helping make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people
Keeping your children safe: online & beyond
SafeguardED: Keeping children safe online
Welcome to CEOP Education
Guides and resources: for Parents and carers
Keeping children safe online
Advice for parents and carers about bullying
Resources and advice about Live Streaming
ThinkUKnow: Live Streaming Resources
Safeguarding from harmful influences onlineCovid-19 Schools online safety provision checklist
Internet hoaxes: How should you respond
Five online areas parents should be aware of
Think u know: Keeping your child safe online while they are off school
Think U Know: Cyberbullying
Parenting in a digital world
Six Top Tips 4 Parents about keeping children safe
Guidelines for Internet Use by Children and Young People
- Place computers in public places where everyone can see what is being viewed
- Take an interest in internet use; talk to young people about what they've seen.
- Monitor time spent online to ensure it does not become excessive
- Educate young people to use the resource sensibly
- Help young people to become critical users; "...is this information true?"
- Warn young people about unsavoury sites and discuss the issues involved
- Contact the Internet Watch Foundation (www.iwf.org.uk) if anyone finds any material you believe to be illegal
- Compile lists of safe sites and chat rooms
- Access chat rooms by checking if it is moderated and by whom and finding out if the chat room has a clear terms and conditions policy? Does it have appropriate access control and password verification? Does it remind users of safety issues? Does the chat room give young people genuine opportunities to interact and shape the chat?
To keep children and young people safe online ensure they are aware of safety tips or rules like the following. These tips will also need to be communicated in a way that does not scare children, but encourages them to take responsibility.
- Never tell anyone you meet on the internet your name, address, telephone numbers, or any other information, such as information about your family, where you live or the school you go to.
- Do not send anyone your picture, credit card or bank details without checking with a responsible adult.
- Never give out your password to anyone, even your best friends.
- Do not stay in a chat room if anyone says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or worried and tell a parent/carer if you see such material.
- Always tell an adult if you receive a message that is scary, threatening or rude, do not respond and log off.
- If you wish to meet someone you have met in cyberspace, ask a parent/carer's permission and then only when they can be present.
Online Safety Policies
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What does online safety mean?
At Farnham Green we are committed to the use of new technologies and recognise the internet as a valuable tool for learners of all ages. The internet is increasingly providing the focal point of educational content within the UK. With ever expanding new technologies such as blogs, social networking spaces etc children are using technology in a way never seen before. The increased use of technology at school/home exposes children to a number of dangers. In its simplest form e-Safety is about ensuring children use all devices in a way which will keep them safe without limiting their opportunities for learning.
Why the Internet and digital communications are important
The Internet is an essential element in 21st century for education, social interaction etc. The school has a duty to provide pupils with quality internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils.
The use of the Internet will enhance children's learning
The school Internet access is designed expressly for pupil use and includes filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.
We take the safety of our pupils very seriously including when accessing the internet. Whilst it is impossible to ensure that all pupils will not access such material, the school, in liaison with the London Grid for Learning, is taking all reasonable steps to minimise pupil access to unsuitable material. These include:
- Use of a filtered Internet Service to prevent access to internet sites with undesirable material
- The requirement that wherever possible, all internet access during school hours will be supervised by a member of staff or another responsible adult
Advice for home internet use
We want this approach to online safety to spread to the home online environment too and we are therefore sharing with you some tips and resources to help you guide your children and help you to keep up to date in a digital world.
This site advises you to take four steps:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology