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E-Safety

Introduction

The Internet has revolutionised and has incredibly changed how we communicate and socialise with people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  With access at our fingertips, it can be even more challenging to keep children and young people safe online, especially when they have their own computers, laptops, smartphones/mobile phones, tablets and games consoles.  

As a parent, carer or a professional, it is important to educate yourself, children and young people that as well as the endless opportunities available through the Internet and technology, there are also associated risks to be aware of.

Potential online risks can include: 

  • Access and exposure to inappropriate /disturbing images and content
  • Access and exposure to racist or hate material
  • Sexual grooming, luring, abuse and exploitation by/with strangers
  • Sharing personal information with strangers that could identify and locate a child offline
  • Online bullying (cyber bullying) by peer and people they consider their ‘friends’
  • Being encouraged take part in violent behaviour such as ‘happy slapping’
  • Sending or receiving sexually explicit films, images or messages of themselves or others  (this is known as sexting when sent by mobile phone)
  • Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
  • Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
  • Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online.

Keeping your child safe

  • There are several way to help keep child and young people safe online:
  • Educate yourself and children and young people know about the dangers online
  • Tell them what they should do if anything goes wrong online or upsets them i.e. tell someone about it
  • Explain that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by  anyone
  • Ensure computers and laptops are used where you can see and not out of sight in a bedroom
  • Use parental settings, filtering software and privacy setting to block inappropriate sites and content

Guidance Sheet Links:

Parent Guidance on Apps
Computer Guidance

Internet Parent Guides


Useful sites for further information and advice:

NSPCC

The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK's leading children's charity, preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover. Their website has lots of resources to educate, inform & guide parents & pupils.

NSPCC Net-Aware

NSPCC have created Net-Aware, a very user friendly website/application to educate parents and carers on the facts about all of the social media apps. You don’t even need to know the name of the apps you’re looking for as you can search by icon colour or keyword.

ChildLine

Childline is there here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. See the website for further details.

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)

Organisation that works to stop child abuse on the Internet.

Which?

Information and advice on child Internet safety.

Childnet (Formally Kidsmart)

A safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's Internet charity Child-Net International.

Know-IT-All: Information on benefits, risks and safety on the Internet.


Informative Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ovR3FF_6us (Video about sexting)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfAjWdccL8Q (Megan’s story – video about sexting)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zeuuHhzQ5A (Lucy and the Boy – information about being share aware and safe online)

 

Latest News

Posted on: 7/07/2020

Autumn Term Reopening

I would like to share with you our plans for reopening in full for all pupils as from the start of the 2020/21 academic year. COVID-19 measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission, with the school keeping the children in their classes within year group sized ‘bubbles’.  Pupils will be encouraged to keep their distance from each other and staff as much as possible.  This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing.  If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in school, the Public Health England local health protection team will advise on the appropriate action, which could include pupils and staff within a ‘bubble’ being asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days.  The school will offer remote education to pupils who are self-isolating.   Start of Term We have planned a staggered start to the new academic year to allow pupils in Year 3 and in our MLD Unit to have an enhanced transition at the start of the new school year.  This means that for most pupils, they will now return to school on Tuesday 1st September.  Please look at the table below carefully so that you know what date your child will return to school: Day/Date School Open Monday 24th August Training Day – school closed to all pupils Tuesday 25th August Training Day – school closed to all pupils Wednesday 26th August Year 3 pupils + MLD Unit (Year 3) Thursday 27th August Year 3 pupils + MLD Unit (Year 3/4) Friday 28th August Year 3 pupils + MLD Unit (Year 3/4/5/6) Monday 31st August Bank Holiday – school closed to all pupils Tuesday 1st September School open to all pupils   Measures for arriving at and leaving schools The school will be adjusting start and finish times to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school: Year Group Start Time Finish Time Year 3 8:50am 3:10pm Year 4 8:40am 3:00pm Year 5 8:40am 3:00pm Year 6 8:50am 3:10pm MLD Unit 8:50am 3:10pm   Is attendance mandatory from the start of the new academic year? Yes – mandatory attendance will be reintroduced by the government from the start of the new academic year.  The school will resume attendance monitoring and families who do not send their child to school may be fined.   Will there be a Breakfast Club? Breakfast Club will reopen from 8am until 8:50am for Westfield Junior School pupils only.  The cost is £2.50 per child per day.  Parents of pupils with a sibling at Westfield Infant School will need to contact WIS to discuss their separate breakfast club provision.   Will there be after-school clubs? We will not be offering any after-school clubs immediately on re-opening.  We will look to reintroduce after-school clubs at a later date when it is feasible and safe to do so.   Is Kids’ Club open? Kids’ Club is not part of Westfield Junior School so please contact Kids’ Club on 01455 637516.   Will pupils need to wear school uniform? All pupils will be expected to wear full school uniform as from the start of the new academic year.   Will pupils be able to bring bags and equipment to school? Pupils will be allowed to bring their school bags to school but will not be allowed to bring pencil cases or any other non-essential personal belongings into school.   Will the school be offering hot school meals? Yes – our catering team will be offering hot school meals at a cost of £2.20 per child per day.  School meals must be paid for in advance using School Money.  Alternatively, pupils are welcome to bring in a packed lunch from home.   Will there be toast and drinks available for pupils to purchase at break-time? The current restrictions mean that we will not be able to offer toast and drinks at break-time for the time being.  Pupils will need to bring their own healthy break-time snack and a drink of water into school.   I want to reassure parents and families that we are doing everything we can to make sure our school is as safe as possible for children and staff. 
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