Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Green Hammerton School . We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy.
All members of the school community, including children, parents, staff and governors are required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy before accessing any school computer systems, including the internet. Our Computing curriculum includes lessons on E-safety and we offer guidance to parents via our website.
Staying Safe Online When Not In School
When schools are closed or during periods of self-isolation, we understand it can be tempting to allow your children to spend increasing amounts of time online but there are a few things to consider about safety online. It is important that parents and carers are aware of what their children are accessing on their devices and, if allowing them to converse during game play, parents have the responsibility to ensure they know who their child is talking to and what the content of that conversation is.
If you have a concern about online content, the way a user is communicating with your child/you or about another child's online usage, click on the link below and click 'report to CEOP' to report it.
CEOPInternet Safety Advice
Please note: the following apps, channels and websites are NOT recommended for primary aged children:
TikTok (Age Rating 13 years old)
Many of our children tells us about their enjoyment of using the self videoing app 'TikTok' even though this app requires all its users to be a minimum age of 13 years old. Unfortunately, since it's release, there have been many incidents of child grooming. With this in mind, the makers of 'TikTok' have been working hard to develop further safety measures within the app.
Please see the update from the BBC website below.
Date: 19 February 2020
The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.
Read the news story: TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control
See also on NSPCC Learning
> Online safety training
Useful Websites For More Information
Below are some websites which can provide further information for parents about keeping safe online. REMEMBER: Always make sure you are aware of what your child is looking at and doing online and ensure they are playing age appropriate games.
Parent Info Zone on 'Think You Know' website - https://parentinfo.org/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=11c85df25c-TUK_GLOBAL_MAR_2020_MESSAGE&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-11c85df25c-64892841
Gooseberry Planet advice for parents during the school closure - https://gooseberryplanet.com/safeguarding-during-school-closures-due-to-the-corona-outbreak-parent-advice/?fwd=cd&data=%7B%22email%22%3A%22headteacher%40greenhammerton.n-yorks.sch.uk%22%7D
Internet Safety Videos
These are nationally approved Internet Safety Videos, designed for the appropriate age groups. They were used by PSCO Phil Wright during his sessions with the children in November 2018.
Year 3 and 4Think You Know Band Runner
Year 3 and 4Lucy and the Boy
Year 5 and 6Think You Know 'Jigsaw'
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. However it is essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.