Keeping children safe is priority at West End. We educate and empower our children so that they know how to keep themselves safe on the internet.
We ensure that our curriculum teaches the children how to make safe choices and that they know where to go for help and advice if they are worried about anything. This work is well embedded and reinforced regularly in Computing and PSHE sessions with specific tasks and activities around Esafety. We use a variety of resources for this including the CEOP approved site ‘Think U Know’, BBC CBBC resources, UKSafer Interent Centre, NSPCC resources and a variety of books and stories. Much of our work is delivered in line with the Leeds approved PSHE scheme of work and we also use the support of Horsforth Children's services and local PCSOs.
There are lots of supportive resources for parents to provide further information about online safety. A good website which covers a range of areas is: https://parentzone.org.uk/
In addition to the on-going Esafety education that all classes receive we mark Safer Internet Day each year in school.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated in nearly 100 countries around the world in February of each year. In Europe, 30 countries mark the day with support from the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. SID is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.
Safer Internet Day 2022 is Tuesday 8th February. This year's theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
Last year, the Key Stage two digital leaders launched our school Twitter page - a place where we can share our learning and exciting events with you! We held a competition for children in Years 3 to 6 to design a logo for our Twitter page and the winning entry was chosen by our digital leaders. A link to our page is here. Please follow us to see what we get up to in school! This will be monitored and updated only by staff or by children under supervision by staff. Although one of the aims is to demonstrate to children how social media can be used and experienced positively.
We are also pleased to announce that we are launching an Internet Safety app that is being used across Leeds City Council schools. It's called 'Safer Schools' and is an online library of videos, articles and resources to support children, families and staff in providing up to date advice about internet safety.
The children have been shown the children's version in assembly at school and given their own log in details if they wish to use it at home. There is a separate log in for parents and carers, with slightly more advanced information within. The app is free to download and use.
Ollee is a virtual friend created by ParentZone and funded by the BBC Children in Need appeal. It helps children explore how they are feeling about friends, school, their family and their real and online world. It offers help and advice through a fun character called Ollee.
The NSPCC have introduced a new Report Remove tool whereby children, young people and adults can report nude images of them that are circulating social media and ensure they are taken down.