You are no doubt aware that, as part of the pupils’ curriculum enhancement and the development of ICT skills, High Down schools provide supervised access to the Internet. Pupils are regularly given opportunities to use websites designed to support their learning. They are also taught research and evaluation skills to help them use the Internet effectively and efficiently.
Although there have been concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with that possibility. Our broadband Internet service provider, The South-West Grid for Learning, is a consortium of the region’s Local Education Authorities and operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and, as stated above, access is supervised. Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.
The SMART rules:
SAFE – stay safe, don’t give out personal information
MEETING – only meet someone from the internet with your parents
ACCEPTING – emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems
RELIABLE – information on the Internet may not be true
TELL – a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable
We are, as you can see, taking our responsibilities in this area very seriously indeed. To this end, we would ask that you read the ‘Pupil Internet Agreement’ with your child. Our full Internet Policy can also be found on the Policy section of this website.
360 Degree Safety Mark
We are very pleased that following an external review, the Infant School has again been awarded the Online Safety Mark (360 degree safe) in recognition of our work in keeping children safe online. The two schools continue to work closely together on this and we anticipate the Junior School achieving this award in the near future.
In High Down we make sure all of our internet searches are done through the ‘Swiggle’ search engine.
This ensures that the children are accessing filtered, child friendly resources for their needs in and out of school.
In each class at the junior school we have our ‘Digital Leaders’.
It is their job to take the views of the class and report back to the other leaders at designated meetings.
“As part of being a digital leader, junior children get the chance to take part in intergenerational projects based in and around Portishead and neighbouring towns. Here is an example of their hard work from last year.”
We have an e-safety group including parents and other carers from both schools. The committee wanted to highlight some very useful e-safety resources available for parents and hope you will explore some of the following sites:
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site includes ‘Kidsmart’ with lots of fun activities for Primary children and also ‘Know IT All’ which is described below.
Know IT All is Childnets award winning suite of educational resources to support teachers, parents and children. Their advice for parents includes information on social networking and cyberbullying and some really useful family resources.
South West Grid for Learning (swgfl) is North Somerset’s broadband provider for schools and they provide our security and filtering systems. They also provide some very useful e-safety resources (search for ‘parents’).
This website is supported by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and demonstrates some of the risks children face online, including grooming, and provides information about how to protect your child.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
http://ceop.police.uk – to report abuse or grooming to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
Links for parents.