Being online is an integral part of children’s and young person’s online lives. The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks. We at the Kingsmead School have a whole school approach to online safety, this ensures that our Staff, Governors and parents are armed with the latest knowledge. Staff attend regular updates from the National Online Safety website to ensure they have the latest knowledge. Students are provided fundamental knowledge about online safety through topics delivered in the ICT and PSHE subjects. As a whole school we also take part in the Safer Internet day to ensure our students are armed with the latest knowledge about online safety. We are a National Online Safety Certified School.
All polices are found in the policy section of the website. However please click on the below to view our E-Safety Policy.
ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT
Please click on the link Acceptable Use Agreement to view the young persons acceptable use agreement. This is in place to ensure students understand what is acceptable use of ICT when in school and what is not. All young people are expected to sign this on admission to the school.
Expectations around acceptable use and keeping yourself safe online are reiterated through our curriculum and day to day practice.
Please see the curriculum section below for more information on how we raise awareness through teaching.
KS3 – Students are provided opportunities to develop understanding about following topics:
- Understanding about acceptable use policy
- Password protection – Difference between good and bad passwords
- Understanding about Spams, Phishing, Trojan horses and Viruses
- How to protect from Spams, Phishing, Trojan horses and Viruses
- How and who to report to with regards to online safety violations.
- Computer crime – How to protect from Hacking and Spyware
- Cyberbullying – Identify signs of Cyberbullying and how to protect/report
KS4 – Students as part of KS4 Qualifications have to successfully complete mandatory “IT Security Unit”. While completing this unit students will have an opportunity to develop following skills:
- Understanding about security risks that might threaten system performance.
- Understanding about security precautions to protect IT systems.
- Understanding about relevant guidelines and procedures
- Understanding about backup and importance of backing data
PSHE Curriculum – Topics covered in the PSHE curriculum are detailed below:
- Year 7-8 Radicalisation / Terrorism
- Year 9 Look at Risk Signs of sexual exploitation / Grooming
- Upskirting, revenge porn and pornography
- Year 10 Radicalisation / Terrorism
- Experiences on Social Media
- Grooming drugs, sexual, county lines
SAFER INTERNET DAY
To enhance our E-Safety curriculum, we support the Safer Internet Day (SID), hosted by UK Safer Internet Center. This is held annually. This year SID is on 9 February 21 (we usually run over the week) and the theme is ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’.
For more information please click on the link below:
We are accredited National Online Safety School.
Online Safety Education for the Whole School Community – Helping schools meet their statutory safeguarding and curriculum requirements through the most comprehensive online safety programme for educators, parents and children. We make it our mission to make the internet a safer place for children.
We believe that through our engaging Online Safety training resources for school staff, parents and children, we can make a difference.
We will achieve this through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. We achieve this through the execution of multiple initiatives which help reduce online risks.
SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE
Should you want advice or guidance on keeping your child safe online or have any concerns around their use online, please see the support for parents section on the website (go to home page, safeguarding, support for parents and young people)
Alternatively call the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or your child’s base for more information. You can contact the DSL on:
Telephone number: 01332 973834
NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY APP
On the National Online Safety app you’ll find:
- Hundreds of online safety guides on the topics you need to know about – from screen addiction, fake news and trolling to hacking, social media influencers and sexting;
- An online safety training course for parents – developed by our experts and delivered by online safety ambassador Myleene Klass;
- A user-friendly interface with increased functionality – find exactly what you need, when you need it;
- The option to get notifications to your phone as soon as new content becomes available – so you can stay up-to-date with the latest online crazes (and risks);
- An in-app voting system so you can help determine the subjects you’d like us to cover in future;
- The facility to personalise your content by favouriting key resources.