Staying Safe Online @ Headcorn School
What is Online Safety?
The internet and mobile technology are wonderful and valuable resources and because of their continued uses we are increasingly living out our lives in an online world. As a result of this we at Headcorn School place a great value in encouraging our pupils to become safe online.
At Headcorn we deliver regular age related online safety sessions to our pupils through our ICT curriculum and also during school assemblies. Our staff receives regular training during professional development meetings and our parents are invited to attend our regular online safety parent forums that take place throughout the academic year. Our pupils involvement in e-safety comes through our Digital Leaders group.
We endeavour to focus on these key areas…
Content: by enabling pupils to understand that some content on the internet may be harmful we attempt to give children the tools they need to protect themselves against potential threats.
Contact: to help our pupils understand that although the internet and mobile devices are effective ways of keeping in touch with their friends and family they also open the door to contact with people that they do not know.
Conduct: to remind our pupils that how they behave online is as important as how they behave in the real world and that they understand that the internet is not a shield which permits them to act inappropriately to other users.
Commercialism: to teach children that enjoyment online can sometimes be affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online.
Are you S.M.A.R.T?
SAFE - keep safe by being careful with your personal information such as your home address, email, phone number and passwords.
MEETING - meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
ACCEPTING - Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE - Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
TELL - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Information for Pupils...
The following websites and documents are very useful to help you find out more information on being e-safe and how to be a stand up digital citizen. (Click links to visit...)
Information for Parents...
The following links and documents are useful for parents and carers. They deal with topics such as how to keep your child e-safe and how to talk as a family about internet safety.
Designated Safeguarding Leads
At Headcorn School our Designated Safeguarding Leaders or DSLs are...
|Miss Sarah Symonds||Head Teacher|
|Mr Lee Drury||Deputy Head Teacher|
|Mrs Rebecca Daniel||SENCo|
|Mr Keith Benfield||FLO|
Our pupils describe safeguarding as: SAFE = to keep out of harm or danger GUARD = to protect others