At Leigh Primary School we encourage all our children to use the internet. The purpose of internet use in school is to raise educational standards, to promote pupil achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the school’s management functions. Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for learning. The internet is part of everyday life for education and the school has a duty to provide students with quality internet access as part of their learning experience.
Whilst encouraging the children to use the internet we also educate them about the risks that this can involve. Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
We educate children about the dangers online, how to identify them and what to do through our curriculum and practices in school these include:
- Providing them with clear rules and guidelines of how to stay safe by using the Acceptable Use Posters in classrooms through the Kent County Council
- Purple Online Safety Curriculum
- National Online Safety Lessons
- Referencing ThinkUKnow Scheme
- Operating a culture of openness so that children feel they can talk to trusted adults in school is something concerns them online
We ensure that staff and parents are knowledgeable and equipped to keep our pupils safe by:
- Operating robust policies associated with Online Safety
- Annual training of Online Safety and Child Protection through in house training, Kent County Council provision and the National Online Safety Platform.
- Providing all parents with access to the NOS platform for training, explainer videos and guides on apps, games and sites that children are accessing outside school.
- using filtering and monitoring systems, recommended by Kent County Council on all school devices
We have added a CEOP link on the front page of this school website. CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. If any child finds something on the internet that worries them then they can use this link to report what they have seen.
We recommend the nationally-acclaimed ThinkUKnow scheme. The scheme highlights the importance of online safety and promotes use of the "Report Abuse" button to report illegal or inappropriate online behaviour.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning the NSPCC with O2 and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.