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Ofsted describes e-safety as a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.


Protecting students means providing a safe learning environment by using appropriate monitoring and filtering to control what students can access while at school. But, this only protects them while they are on school premises. Education around e-safety is the only way to ensure that, wherever they are, they know how to stay safe online.

Educate - The education of e-safety covers a wide range of subjects, including:
• Online behaviour - understanding what constitutes cyber-bullying and how to behave safely and with respect for others

• Protecting your online reputation understanding both the risks and rewards of sharing personal information online (your digital footprint)

• How to use social networking safely

• Understanding the reliability and validity of online information

• Data security - keeping your personal information safe and being aware of viruses and hacking

• Knowing what to do if anything bad happens (e.g. you are a victim of cyber-bullying or you upload something by mistake)


What we do

At St. Margaret's we encourage our pupils to be actively involved in new technology and the modern world which we live in. Denying children access to the internet does not protect them from potential issues and disadvantages them from the many benefits which are available.

In order to protect our children, we try to offer a comprehensive programme of education and opportunities for pupils to learn how to protect themselves in school, but more importantly out side of school and in their future lives.
Taking advice from Durham County, we run annual and biannual training for staff and parents, to keep abreast of the fast changing world of on line communication. Find below, the leaflet handed out at Parental E safety Training 2017/18..
We also use the SWGfL (South West Grid for Learning) e safety programme of study which has been adapted for our school. This scheme consists of areas of learning and tasks each half term throughout the school and also incorporates Safer Internet Day in February.


Esafety help and advice

Below are a selection of websites and resources which children and parents can use to increase their knowledge of how to stay safe on line.
Please pay particular attention to the CEOP (Child Exploiation and On line Protection) website at which parents and children can reportt any concerns they have.

In response to recent issues with some of our older pupils using apps such as instagram for communication, we would recommend parents view this site by the NSPCC which gives in depth information about popular apps which children use and how to keep them safe, including how to effectively operate privacy settings.

CEOP - online police, for reporting of any concerns.

Think You Know? - child friendly information by CEOP

South West Grid for Learning (who produce our E safety Scheme of Work)

Common Sense Media site reviews videos, games, books, websites etc to help parents and children know which ones are safe to use.

'Get Safe On-line', gives answers to many questions,
Via 'Terry Tablet' who answers any questions, informative videos and includes an update on current on line issues and scams.

Net Smartz Kids - child friendly activity site

Newsround Quiz - safety quiz and information from the BBC

Following work in school, children can access Child Line here

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