At Kingsmeadow the safety and well-being of all of our students is our primary concern. Great steps are taken to ensure that all of our students are able to work and develop in a safe, secure environment and this includes when they are online.
In school we have several different security programs which all serve to keep our students safe while online.
- Smoothwall – This allows us to monitor activity on all of our school network and alerts us to any inappropriate or unusual activity and is also a flexible filtering system which blocks and records attempts to access inappropriate websites across our network.
- GoGuardian – This tracks and monitors activity on all of our Google Chromebooks, both at home and at school and alerts us to any inappropriate or unusual activity.
Both of these programs allow us to effectively monitor our ICT network, while allowing our students the freedom to research and work safely. We also educate all of our students about e-safety, ensuring that they possess the skills and knowledge to behave responsibly while online.
It is essential that parents support us in this venture and ensure that while at home their children are using the internet responsibly. There are a few ways in which you can do this:
- Be open about internet safety – Talk to your child about both the benefits and dangers of the internet, to try and help them understand that they have a responsibility to themselves and others while online. Ensure that they know to talk to someone they trust if they feel scared or hurt by something which has happened online.
- Set up internet filters – You can do this through your internet provider. Contact them and ask them how to do this.
- Set up safety settings on your home devices – Safety settings can be adjusted on any device that connects to the internet, meaning that children are not able to access inappropriate material. Information on how to do this can be obtained from the device manufacturer.
There is lots of information for parents available on the ThinkUKnow website, including how to keep your child safe and what to do if you are concerned.
The NSPCC website also has some very useful information on all aspects of child safety, including online safety.
Parents can report their concerns using the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) button shown below, which is a law enforcement agency.