At All Souls we work with staff, pupils and parents to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks. We also educate children so that they know that there are risks associated with the use of technology and give them strategies and processes to follow should they ever encounter these risks. We also encourage and educate children to use technology in a positive and constructive way, treating others with the same care and respect as they would like to be treated themselves.
Members of staff responsible for online safety: Mr Cooke (Online Safety Lead) /Mrs McGrath (Deputy Online Safety Lead) / Mr Youson (Network Manager)
In compliance with guidelines issued by the DfE, All Souls ensures that web content is filtered so that offensive, malicious and inappropriate material is inaccessible through out networks. This is achieved through Smoothwall web filtering and security solutions. All Souls also monitors all computer and Internet activity using Impero Education Pro.
We understand that no filtering or monitoring system is 100% effective and so educating children and families is our most important means of keeping our community safe.
Online safety plays a crucial part of all computing lessons and from children’s very first computing lessons in Year 1 we introduce children to the Surfer Sam materials, messages and posters, which are then on display in our learning hub and around school.
Children are taught how to search safely and effectively, how to respond should they come across any material that is offensive or upsets them, and our older children are taught how to report offensive material. This can be done by using the CEOP Website Reporting Button:
The school’s e-safety and digital citizenship curriculum is embedded into the units of work for Computing as we believe that giving these important messages, knowledge and skills within a contextualised manner is the best way for children to fully appreciate them. Many aspects of e-safety are also covered within the school’s RSE programme, Ten:Ten Life to the Full. The document below shows where each of these aspects fit in to phases within the school.
Aspects of e-safety and digital citizenship are also woven throughout our Computing curriculum, information on which can be found here.
Safer Internet Day
Each year the school registers and participates in ‘Safer Internet Day’ where we aim to raise the profile and engage in the specific theme through assemblies, lessons and activities.
The school’s Digital Council
As part of the school pupil leadership teams, there is a Digital Council, which is made up of pupils from Years 4, 5 & 6 and supported by school adults. The role of the digital council is to promote safe and effective use of technology across the school community and work to find support in areas that are identified as a concern. They meet regularly, produce a termly action plan and are linked to a school governor.
Our current initiative is asking children across the school to keep a ‘digital diary’ so that we can find out more about the digital habits of our school. We have designated a week during the Spring Term as ‘Digital Dairy Week’, have introduced and distributed the diaries and look forward to collecting these in and learning more about how our children use technology.
Our current school policies relating to e-safety are available below:
The Digital Council would also like to draw your attention to the website: www.internetmatters.org which contains a wealth of resources to support parents in ensuring that their children are healthy and responsible digital citizens. The following links are to some of the guides from Internet Matters that the Digital Council feel are particularly useful:
Age Guide Leaflets
Online Safety Guide 0-5 years
Online Safety Guide 6-10 years
Online Safety Guide 11-13 years
Discovering Digital at Primary School: A Parent’s Guide
Moving to Secondary School: A Parent’s Guide
Cyber Bullying – A practical guide for parents of 6-10 year olds
Cyber Bullying – A practical guide for parents of 11-13 year olds
Parents’ Cyber Bullying Concerns
Things you need to know about Cyber Bullying
Cyber Bullying Tips
The school subscribes to regular Online Safety newsletters from Knowsley City Learning Centres. These are emailed out to parents along with the school newsletter. An archive of these newsletters along with other information and documents which parents may find useful, here:
The following pages and websites may be also be useful to parents in helping to become better informed about Internet Safety and in ensuring that their children remain safe when using technology at home.