e-safety in school
Children at Ferring use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning and at Ferring we want to ensure that pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
In school we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. E-safety issues are embedded within the Computing curriculum and every year group acknowledges and encourages safe and sensible use of the internet and new technologies.
We took part in ‘Safer Internet Day’ in February and all the classes enjoyed activities which raised awareness of e-safety.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. For Vine, Tinder and Yik Yak it's 17. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent's permission. The YouTube Terms of Service state that “the YouTube Website is not intended for children under 13”.
Therefore, none of the children at Ferring CE School should be using these forms of social media as a way of communicating with friends. If they follow these guidelines they will avoid other significant worries that can present themselves as a result of misuse of social media.
We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
There are a number of web sites available to parents that will help you understand the constantly developing world of technology and in particular how to keep your children safe on line. Below are some links to web sites we know can offer great advice on how to protect your children on line so that they can enjoy the opportunities that modern technology allows them in a safe and secure way. The e-safety of your children is everybody's responsibility.
There is also a useful guide to keeping your children safe online produced by the West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board. Click HERE to view the guide.
e-safety lessons across the school
All of the classes in KS2 have been developing a growing understanding of e-safety and online behaviour. They have been doing this by looking at an e-book text called Digi Duck's Big Decision. The story helps children to understand the consequences of being unkind to friends online and how important it is to get other people's permission before posting words or pictures of them online. Click here to read the story. It is a lovely way to explore a very important message with young children.
The children have been using ipad apps to create their own versions of the Digi Duck story. Year 6 used 'Book Creator' to design their own stories combining images, text and sound. Some of them can be seen below.
Year 4 used the 'Comic Maker' app to design their own comic strip story to give the same message as the Digi Duck story. Here is one of their stories...
And here is another...
Year 3 created their own important messages about e-safety. They have come up with advice about how to behave and stay safe online. They used ipad apps to create the video below. They used the 'Tellagami' app to make the presentations after they had written scripts to share their ideas. This meant they had to combine script writing with images and audio to create their own individual presentations. All of their work was edited together using 'imovie' to create the video below. Play it to hear the good advice they have shared.
Year 5 E-safety Website
As part of the Year 5 Computing Curriculum Spain class have spent the Summer term developing their own website. The class became the 'E-Safe Tips 4 Kids' company and the children formed different departments. Each department specialised in a different area of online and e-safety issues. They carried out research and put together information they though would be valuable to other children and their families. With Mr Ryan overseeing things as Managing Director they inputted their research on the website, designed the layout, links, colours and text to present the information in an engaging and interesting way. They worked extremely hard on the project and should be very proud of what they produced. Please follow the link below to check out and enjoy their work.
E-safety in the locality
Some of the children took part in a fantastic locality event at The Angmering School. The Angmering Locality Group of schools came together with a lead practitioner from the Anti-Bullying Works to learn about e-safety issues and how to stay safe online. Following a lot of interesting and thoughtful discussions the children then created their own graffiti canvas to show an important message about e-safety. They also all contributed to a group banner to promote staying safe online. In the afternoon parents and carers of the children came along to find out what they had been doing and learn about how to support their children's safe use of the internet. It was a very successful day and the children represented the school brilliantly.