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Online safety

Online safety is an important aspect of keeping our pupils safe. We take broad measures to safeguard our children from potential dangers and unsuitable material.

Safety in the digital world is key to the Computing curriculum. We teach digital safety to all year groups. We also hold regular whole school online safety events to help our pupils keep safe online.

We train our staff and keep our policies and acceptable use agreements up to date. We also encourage parents to speak to their children about keeping safe and how to behave online.  It’s essential to be realistic. Banning the internet will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. This means that education around safe use is essential.

If you have any concerns about Online Safety speak to us. Contact our Computing Coordinator Miss Smith via office@sandown.school or 01424 436983. She will be pleased to help.

S.O.S- Sandown Online Safety

Sandown’s Online Safety task group met 6 times this year. To our sessions we invited:

  • parents
  • governors
  • pupils
  • teachers
  • our Local Engagement Officer PC Eastes

Each session had a focus. We included current local issues such as County Lines and Bluetoothing.

Google Assembly

For a special assembly Google visited Sandown. It was for KS2 pupils, parents and governors about Staying Safe Online. The children learnt the importance of ensuring they have a strong secure password. They learned not to share personal information online and what to do if they suspect there is a problem.

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Advice for children and parents

Thinkuknow has advice about staying safe online

Advice for parents

  • NSPCC Net Aware has a guide to apps, games and social media sites
  • Childnet has advice for parents including supporting young people with SEND online
  • Parentinfo has support and guidance
  • CBeebies has easy to follow tips to keep your children safe online
  • Internet Matters has practical tips to keep children safe and help them get the most from the digital world

Our policy and Acceptable Use Agreements (AUA)