E-Safety Policy and Guidance

At King Charles, we recognise the importance of keeping everyone safe in an ever-growing and changing online and digital world. In our school, e-safety isn’t just about policy – it’s the embedded awareness and modelling of staying safe that makes the difference.

E-safety isn’t just about using the internet – it’s about all of the ways in which we use any form of technology to communicate, record, share, investigate, shop, learn or play. Just as importantly, e-safety isn’t just about keeping our pupils safe; it’s about keeping everyone safe and that’s why we invest a great deal of time and energy in providing supportive and informative learning about this to parents, staff and pupils.

Each year, we mark Internet Safety Day by having a whole-school focus on what it means to stay safe. Through assemblies, year-group-specific lessons and interactive games we explore what ‘staying safe looks like’ and ‘how we can be safe’.

In school, we are fortunate to be protected by a range of online filtering and monitoring and through working collaboratively with the South West Grid for Learning and the UK Safer Internet Centre, we provide support to parents about how to filter and monitor at home but crucially, why it’s important too!

To help us, the Safer Internet Centre have put together a range of resources and one of the most useful is Common Sense Media which provides a wealth of advice and resources for parents and teachers.  The most useful sections are the Website, App and Movie sections which allows you to check the suitability of a website, game or app.

 
Useful online tools, information and resources for parents

The UK Safer Internet Centre is full of resources, advice, ‘how to’ guides and videos to help you keep your child safe online.

Internet Matters has resources and advice for all online issues ranging from turning on timers and filters to ‘how to make my account private’.
 
Think U Know is a site provided by the National Crime Agency and ‘CEOP’ who work with all online organisations in the country and parts of Europe to advise and provide a safe online community for young people.
 
Net Aware is support for parents and carers from the NSPCC.
 
The London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe on line.
 
Parent Info is a site that provides help and advice for parents in a digital world.
Additional resources to support families who are isolating and in the event of a closure.

Below are some useful documents to support families who are isolating, for use in the event of a class ‘bubble’ closure or local or national restrictions:
 
Parents Guides
 
We have uploaded the following information sheets about various games and apps: although many (if not all) are aimed at older children, we have had reports of children playing some of these games or using the apps.