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E-Safety

 Assessors from the South West Grid for Learning recently visited Oaklands Primary Academy to review the school’s e-safety provision. The Assessors met school staff, parents, governors, pupils and were pleased to find that our academy provides a high level of protection for users of the new technologies. Following their visit the Assessors reported that Oaklands Primary Academy was the first school in Bromley and Kent to receive this award. Miss Becky Sharp, Headteacher, her staff and the governors are delighted to receive this award. Ron Richards, Lead Assessor for the 360 degree safe E-Safety Mark congratulated the school on its success and commented that it was re-assuring to know that the school had put a lot of thought and effort into improving the on-line safety of the staff and young people, by addressing these important safeguarding issues. 

Internet Safety

Oaklands Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Todya's children have easy access to websites and social media, subsequently they can find themselves subject to pressures that we struggle to understand as they communicate in ways many of us are less familiar with. It’s important to learn about potential dangers your child might face, as well as steps you can take to protect and educate your children with relation to the internet.  And just as important – where you can turn to get help if you have a concern.

Bromley Youth Policing have produced this document for parents and carers:  Useful Internet Safety 

Here is a website that can offer resources and support

CEOP’s thinkuknow website

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ CEOP’s website aims to offer “the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. You can find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.” This information  is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

E-Safety in School

We have an active e-safety committee in our school.  The committee meet on a regular basis to discuss e-safety matters, work through our priorities for the coming year and also review e-safeguarding issues, including pupil online safety behaviours.

The aim of our E-safety programme is to ensure that we protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology throughout our academy with a particular focus on content, contact and conduct. Learning about e-safety is a vital life skill. Empowering children at an early age with the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information is something that we nurture throughout school, preparing children for adult life.  We have appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate. Mrs Kushoro, Deputy Headteacher is Oaklands designated E-safety lead and is responsible for leading the E-safety group, staff training and awareness, with a commitment to the coordination of an E-safety programme within our wider community. All staff take active responsibility for e-safety within our academy. We have themed weeks throughout the year which focus on E-safety and National initiatives such as Safer Internet Days. We publish regular Parental Digital Bulletins to help families ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly both at home and at school.

Taking Pictures
Staff are advised to not use their own cameras or mobile phone cameras for pictures of children. In school staff should use school cameras and download the pictures onto the school system.  On school trips senior leaders are to be made aware of any pictures being taken by others on the trip.

Parental Bulletins

Recommended E-Safety Guidance

Assessing risks

The acadey will take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material.
However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the academy nor Bromley LA can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.

The academy will audit ICT provision to establish if the e-safety policy is adequate and that its implementation is effective.

Handling e-safety complaints

Complaints of Internet misuse will be dealt with by a senior member of staff.

Any complaint about staff misuse must be referred to the Headteacher.

Complaints of a child protection nature must be dealt with in accordance with school child protection procedures.
If any concerns arise pupils and parents should inform the school immediately.

Authorising Internet access

Parents and children will sign an acceptable use agreement when joining the school. This will allow children to use the internet when supervised during lesson times.

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