Being online is an integral part of children lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets - all of which form a part of children's online world. The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for learning and growth, but it can also expose children to new types of risks.
E-Safety forms a fundamental part of our schools' safeguarding and child protection measures and Government guidance for schools across the UK highlights the importance of safeguarding children online.
At Therfield First School, E-Safety is an integral part of our whole school curriculum. We do not just teach children about how to stay safe online, but we foster an environment whereby they are encouraged to ask any questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world.
Our children learn about staying safe online during discrete computing and PSHE lessons, in addition to ongoing conversations and reminders during all computing and other curriculum lessons. Whole school assemblies and themed events use age-appropriate story books as a starting point to engage in further dialogue and teachings.
A termly newsletter is sent out to all parents regarding online safety and is available on this page on our website (see below). A hard copy can also be found on the parent information board on the playground.
Our most recent county-led E-Safety training for staff and parents took place on Thursday 20th January 2022. A copy of the presentation used at the parent session can be found below.