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E Safety Guidance for Parents

Here you can find all of the E-Safety guidance. New information will be posted here every week.

Our Curriculum Vision Statement begins with the words
‘The children who come to Quarry Mount Primary School are diverse, confident and energetic. The world into which they will live and grow is changing rapidly and is driven by technology.’
As technology and the Internet play such a central part in our children’s present and future lives we place great importance on teaching the children how to use them safely. All Internet use is closely monitored and classes complete regular ‘E-safety’ activities to remind the children how to keep safe online. The E-Safety Policy provides more detail about how we do this and is available for you to download below.
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet at home as well as at school.  Below are some tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of E-Safety and some useful links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.

For further help or advice, please contact the school's E-Safety Coordinator, Mrs Helen Smith, via the school office.

Mobile phones

Although we do not allow children to use their mobile phones in school, there are a few parents who like their child to carry a phone so that they can contact them before or after the school day. If you feel it is necessary for your child to have a mobile phone with them, we ask that you complete a mobile phone registration form. This form is available in the Documents section below or from Miss Barrie in the office. 

Mobile phones should be handed to the office on arrival at school and collected at the end of the school day. Children are not allowed to use their phones on or near the school site or on the playground. The school retains the right to confiscate any phone found in school during the day and will return it at the end of the day.  

Useful web links
*NEW* Advice on where to report unsuitable content
Advice including an 'Online teen speak dictionary' and 'Staying Safe on Minecraft'
How to set up parental controls
Vodafone Digital Parenting (includes checklists by age)
CEOP's Think U Know for Parents and Carers
Childline (the free and confidential helpline for children)
Independent not-for-profit organisation which offers age appropriate advice
9 top tips for keeping under 13s safe online
How to keep your child/children safe on games consoles

Please find in this section, a number of documents outlining how to control safety settings on various consoles.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 11th February 2020 - Safer Internet Day


E-Safety tip of the month

n the latest research by anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label it was found that 17% of young people have experienced cyberbullying. It’s important to have regular conversations with your child about the online world, including issues like cyberbullying. This will help you to understand if they have ever experienced or witnessed online bullying for themselves, and give you an opportunity to support them and reassure them that you are always there to help.
Some questions which you could ask your child are:
How can you be kind online?
What would you do if someone was being unkind online?
What do you think cyberbullying is?
How is it different to physical bullying?
Developing empathy
We also need to support children in developing empathy and understanding the impact of their online actions. While it might be difficult to think about your child behaving negatively towards someone else, it’s worth bearing in mind that sometimes young people find it hard to identify what bullying is and may just think the behaviour is ‘banter’ and to be expected. It’s important they recognise what behaviour is acceptable and recognise how online actions can affect others.
If your child has experienced cyberbullying:
Let them talk,
Don’t be shocked by what they tell you,
Don’t deny access to technology
Encourage them not to retaliate