Research has proven that use of technology brings enormous benefits to teaching and learning. However, as with many developments in the modern age, it also brings an element of risk. Whilst it is unrealistic to eliminate all risks associated with technology, the implementation of an effective Online Safety Policy will help children to develop the skills and confidence to manage potential risks and considerably reduce their impact.
Our Online Safety Policy, as part of the wider safeguarding agenda, outlines how we will ensure our school community is prepared to deal with the safety challenges that the use of technology brings.
St Thomas the Martyr embraces the positive impact and educational benefits that can be achieved through appropriate use of the Internet and associated communications technologies. We are also aware that inappropriate or misguided use can expose both adults and young people to unacceptable risks and dangers. To that end, St Thomas the Martyr aims to provide a safe and secure environment, which not only protects all people on the premises but also educates them on how to stay safe in the wider world.
We aim to give children the skills to use technology safely and to know what to do if they encounter something that is not right or makes them feel worried/upset. We are always here to support you with this at home and welcome you to raise issues with staff so that we can work together to help keep the children safe and happy.
Links to other organisations or documents
The following links may help those who are developing or reviewing a school online safety policy and creating their online safety provision:
UK Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Centre – https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
Childnet – http://www.childnet-int.org/
Professionals Online Safety Helpline – http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/about/helpline
EE Mobile Phone License – http://www.eephonesmart.co.uk
Revenge Porn Helpline – https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/
Report Harmful Content – https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
CEOP – http://ceop.police.uk/
Enable – European Anti Bullying programme and resources (UK coordination/participation through SWGfL & Diana Awards) – http://enable.eun.org/
Scottish Anti-Bullying Service, Respectme – http://www.respectme.org.uk/
Childnet – Cyberbullying guidance and practical PSHE toolkit:
Digizen – Social Networking
Working with parents and carers