At St Andrew’s we value the use of information and communication technologies to enhance learning and enjoyment across the whole curriculum. Teachers provide exciting opportunities for the children to experience new technologies, engaging creatively with their learning.
The school promotes safe and responsible use of IT. All staff, governors, children, volunteers and visitors using either school or personal IT equipment on the premises must adhere to the school’s Acceptable Use Policy. We provide a safe and secure online environment accessing filtered internet content through the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning. The children are taught about the potential e-safety risks and ‘netiquette’ associated with the use of IT and supportive staff help children to feel safe and able to report e-safety worries or incidents they may have in line with the school’s e-safety policy.
Our e-safety policy is reviewed annually or earlier in light of new technologies or e-safety issues which come to our attention.
We provide opportunities for parents and carers to receive up to date e-safety information, to enable them to support their children in developing good e-safety behaviour.
We advise parents to regularly look at the Hertfordshire Grid’s ‘Online Safety Advice for Parents’ which has valuable, up to date information:
Further information about e-safety can be accessed via these documents and external links:
www.childnet-int.org – A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to address the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet.
Childnet International KnowITAll resources – www.childnet-int.org/kia
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) educational website designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.getsafeonline.org A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
www.childnet.com – Childnet has developed a number of award-winning educational resources designed to help young people and parents assess and manage the risks that they may encounter online (this information was formerly found on Kidsmart.org.uk – which has now closed).
www.childnet.com/young-people/primary – Information for primary children about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, instant messaging, online games, email and mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
https://onlinefamily.norton.com/familysafety/loginStart – Free Parental Control Software offered by Norton.