Safeguarding Children Online
Online Safety is about using technology safely, especially technology that can access the internet or be used to communicate with others. Colburn Community Primary School recognises that internet, mobile and digital technologies provide positive opportunities for children and young people to learn, socialise and play but they also need to understand the challenges and risks. Technology is becoming an integral part of children’s lives; it entertains them, engages them and motivates them. As a result, the use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. In many cases such as child sexual exploitation; radicalisation; bullying: technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm.
An effective approach to online safety empowers our school to protect and educate the whole school community in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any incident where appropriate. As society increasingly works online, it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. At Colburn Community Primary School, we are committed to teaching children how to use technology safely and confidently, by minimising risks through their responsible choices and appropriate behaviour. Children are regularly encouraged to speak to a trusted adult to ask for help with decisions or if they are worried about any content they encounter online. We ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place to safeguard all of our stakeholders.
The rules for online safety apply to any technology or device that can be used for communication and/or has access to the internet. This includes:
Through our online safety curriculum and procedures in school, we endeavour to:
The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
These three issues are taught within our school online safety curriculum; however, this is flexible to adapt to any topical issues at present within current society and the needs of our school community.