Online Safety

Online safety is very important to us at Goat Lees Primary School. We believe that online safety should be taught throughout the school year and we remind our pupils of their key online safety rules, each time that we use computing equipment. With this in mind, we have worked collaboratively across the school to produce an online safety curriculum map which is a working document, linked to our Computing curriculum, meaning we can address key issues or concerns when they arise throughout the year, always keeping up to date.
We believe it is very important to address current issues and will use online safety to help talk about a range of areas throughout the school year. As a result, we look carefully at information technology and what is important to the children, helping to provide information and advice so children can use technology safely and responsibly in their lives.
As a school, we believe that the Internet and other digital technologies are very powerful resources which can enhance and potentially transform teaching and learning when used effectively and appropriately. The Internet is an essential element of 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Through teaching online safety in a variety of contexts, we strive for our children to know how to keep themselves as safe as possible online.
If your child has access to the internet at home, please follow some simple rules to ensure their safety:1. Ensure that you are present with your child and available to support them, when they are using online devices. 2. Discuss and set some simple rules together, making sure that the children understand the importance of these rules.3. Use the school website for suitable educational sites.4. If you or your child need to report something unsuitable, please follow the link to CEOP below.

Now more than ever, it is important to know how to keep your children safe online. Follow the links below for some guidance on the popular apps your chidlren might use or want to use.

Keeping children safe from cyber crime

Parent tips for Snapchat

Parent tips for Tik Tok

Parent tips for Whats App

Top tips for Parents Media Use

YouTube at Home
Following reports from children of different ages in the school, we would like to remind you that there are many videos that are currently popular amongst young YouTube users, which include strange, frightening and inappropriate content. We would always recommend being present or at least, within earshot of your child while they watch YouTube or play online games. The Internet Matters YouTube guide includes lots of useful tips to manage your child’s account and reduce the risk of them coming across this type of content. Please click here to view the guide.
If you need any advice or support about online safety for your child, please contact the school office or your child’s teacher and we will be happy to help. 
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