At St Elizabeth’s the education of pupils in e-safety is an essential part of the school’s e-safety provision. Children and young people need the help and support of the school to recognise and avoid e-safety risks, build their resilience and avoid radicalism.
E-safety is an area of focus that spans across the curriculum. It is broad, relevant and provides progression through the year groups with opportunities for creative activities.
Each school year, e-safety is given priority in Anti-Bullying Week in the Autumn Term and in Health and Safety Week in the Spring Term. In the Summer Term, the school organises an e-safety talk by the Richmond E-Safety Adviser for all children in Key Stage 2.
The training of staff and governors is a vital part of the school’s e-safety provision. The school ensures that staff and governors are continually well-informed about e-safety issues, and each staff member is responsible for reinforcing e-safety messages whenever appropriate.
For more information on the teaching of e-safety in school, please view our E-Safety Policy.
E-Safety for Parents
At St Elizabeth’s we recognise that parents have a vital role in the education of their children and in the monitoring and regulation of their children’s on-line behaviours. Many parents and carers may only have a limited understanding of e-safety risks and issues, and underestimate how often children and young people come across potentially harmful and inappropriate material on the internet.
The school works in partnership with parents and carers to provide information and awareness through an annual Parent E-Safety Information Evening. This parents’ meeting is presented by Mr Peter Cowley, Online Safety Adviser at Achieving for Children. Mr Cowley gives guidance to parents on how to put in place the correct measures for online safety and the appropriate use of devices. Mr Cowley has created a portal specifically for his E-Safety materials with ‘all-access’ for parents to use as their own learning resource. Click here to access E-Safety Information for Parents from Achieving for Children.
Regular safety updates are also sent to parents in the school newsletter, and high profile events are organised within school, such as Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying Week.
The school also encourages parents to educate themselves of the known risks concerning e-safety in the home. Advice can be sought from authorities and bodies, such as www.ceop.police.uk, www.childnet.com, www.thinkuknow.co.uk, as well as from the home’s own internet service provider.