Hormead Hedgehogs Policy: E Safety – internet responsibility

At Hormead Hedgehogs we work with staff, committee members, children and parents/carers to create a 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.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to gain access to social media sites where strangers can come virtually into their homes.
As a result, it is essential that we all know how to stay safe online.

Hormead Hedgehogs –

  • Discusses, monitors and reviews our e‐safety policy on a regular basis.
  • Supports staff in the use of ICT as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of e‐safety across the whole school curriculum.
  • Ensures that children are aware of the potential e‐safety risks associated with the use of ICT and only access the internet in nursery and out of school club with adult supervision. Additionally, we ensure that all e‐safety concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively and that children are happy to tell an adult if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
  • Provides opportunities on our website for parents/carers to find and read e‐safety information to enable them to support their children in developing good e‐safety behaviour. Hormead Hedgehogs will report back to parents/carers regarding e‐safety concerns.
  • Seeks to learn from e‐safety good practice elsewhere and utilises the support of the LA and relevant organisations.

‘Under 5’ checklist

START setting some boundaries now – it’s never too early to do things like set limits for the amount of time they can spend on the computer

KEEP devices like your mobile out of reach and make sure you have passwords/PINs set up on them for the times you might lend them to your child… or for when they simply get hold of them themselves!

CHECK the age ratings and descriptions on apps, games, online TV and films before downloading them and allowing your son or daughter to play with or watch them

EXPLAIN your technology rules to grandparents, babysitters and the parents of your child’s friends so that they also stick to them when they’re looking after your child

REMEMBER that public Wi-Fi (e.g. in cafés) might not have Parental Controls on it – so, if you hand over your iPad to your child while you’re having a coffee, they might be able to access more than you bargained for

SET the homepage on your family computer or tablet to an appropriate website like Cbeebies

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