Tyntesfield Primary School is totally committed to safeguarding children and to a culture of vigilance. Safeguarding is core to our work, not an ‘add-on’ and Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. We strive to create an environment in which pupils develop into critical thinkers and responsible, safe users of technology who are well equipped to navigate the ever changing digital world confidently and positively.
Within school, we have extensive security measures in place, which are monitored both internally and externally to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with school policies. Online Safety is taught continually to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Most online safety concerns fall within 3 categories: Contact, Conduct and Content.
This area covers interacting with people online, particularly strangers. It is a major concern for most parents. With the world becoming ever more connected, the 24/7 availability of contact is also a growing issue. At Tyntesfield, we teach children about the types of information that can be shared, and which should be kept private; how to protect themselves from strangers; and prepare them for situations in the future which may involve talking to people they don’t know online.
We want all children to become positive digital citizens and conduct themselves online accordingly. Their online presence, or digital footprint, can stay with them for years and the consequences can be far reaching. Our curriculum helps children be the best version of themselves online by addressing issues such as: peer pressure, online dares, bullying, and ‘for the like’ culture.
With more and more ways to access the internet, encountering inappropriate content becomes more likely. Children are taught what to do if they come across material that worries or upsets them. However, at school we recognise that this area is not solely about content that can be filtered out. We strive to teach the children to become critical thinkers and question the validity of information. We recognise that as the children mature and develop beyond our school, body image and self-esteem may be affected and they may be influenced by ‘Vloggers’, ‘influencers’ and social media. We also look at how advertisements are targeted and used to manipulate people.
At school, the children sign an Acceptable Use Policy where they agree to adhere to rules about using technology in school. We also have a filter and monitoring system in place which is monitored both internally and externally that helps protect children from dangerous or inappropriate material. Children from Year 2 upwards have individual logins to help identify misuse and promote good practice. Use of ICT equipment is always supervised.
We have a robust reporting system in school where incidents of Online Safety are followed up appropriately in accordance with policies in school. This may involve a class circle time, a year group assembly, talking to individuals or phone calls home to work with parents to support pupils.
We have a progressive, relevant curriculum in school that builds on skills taught in previous years. Assemblies that are relevant and thought provoking are completed once a half term. These are made available for parents to follow up discussions at home.
Online Safety is overseen by our Safeguarding Governor, Deborah Turner and our Online Safety Lead, Claire Walmsley.
We appreciate that online safety is concern for most parents and we would like to support you.
Each term, we send home a newsletter with relevant information about current Online Safety issues.
We have also launched our Twitter account dedicated to online safety. You can find us at @OnlineSafetyTPS. We tweet information about new apps, helpful articles and information relevant to our community.
We have also collated resources that you may useful and created a shared folder available here:
As well as contacting the school via phone or email, you can also report issues using our new reporting system - Whisper. Clicking on the ‘Report an Issue’ button at the top of the page will take you to an online form where you can anonymously (if you wish) report Online Safety concerns to school. You can also report worries or concerns via text.
Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’