E-safety of Our Pupils

BC 32 of 122We teach all of our children to be S.M.A.R.T. in staying safe online:

S for SAFE: [video link]
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

M for MEET: [video link]
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.

A for ACCEPTING: [video link]
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R for RELIABLE: [video link]
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family. 

T for TELL: [video link]
Tell a 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.

E-safety Resources

There are lots of e-safety websites and resources out there but here's a few we like to share with our children to keep them sharp online...

NSPCC Net Aware - Social Media advice for parents

DigiDuck - an ebook for Key Stage 1 learners

The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin - a pdf story book for Key Stage 1 learners

KidSmart - A jam-packed website covering most aspects of online safety from 'file sharing' to 'digital footprints' - lots of information of use to Key Stage 2 pupils as well as highlighting potential awareness areas for parents

ThinkUKnow - e-safety games for kids on a theme!

E-safety can potentially be more at risk when in the home due to, in many cases, ready availability to a suite of internet-enabled devices. This calls for parents to be just as vigilant of the risks that their child might face when using technologies. Here's some guidance for parents on what to look out for:

ThinkUKnow for Parents (Primary and Secondary)

Parentinfo.org (New!)

Know It All - an interactive presentation 

Class Blog E-safety

BC 97 of 122Our class blogs and discussion forum provide our pupils with a unique opportunity to practise e-safety under the watchful eye of teachers and parents. Being publically viewable this learning platform is not fully protected from e-safety issues. This means that our children get to practise real-life safety skills without being complacent. Clearly, the training that we give the children is therefore key in them remaining safe in this enviroment. The guidance we use culminated through good e-safety practice and a series of staff meetings.

Through the use of the Blue Coat Class Blogs, we as a team aim to:

  • enthuse and empower children to produce creativehigh quality writing about their learning
  • communicate regularly and conveniently with parents and the wider community so as to provide a 'window' into our learning environment
  • celebrate pupils' learning and achievements

As TEACHERS we will…

  • Set clear expectations of children, including on issues of e-safety,  and then communicate these to parents
  • Censor and inform so as to promote e-safety
  • Instil a sense of responsibility, privilege and pride in children being able to use the blogs
  • Read and respond to blog posts and comments appropriately
  • Accurately model the writing, editing and feedback (through posting comments) process
  • Support and share good blogging practice

By children using the blogs, we expect them to be able to a) remain safe whilst they b) enjoy and achieve.

For this to happen, we expect CHILDREN to:

a) Stay Safe by…

  • BC 36 of 122Protecting their login and password details by keeping them safe and not sharing them with others

  • Telling the Class Blogmaster or parent/carer immediately if they have lost their login and password details or believe others have obtained them

  • Protecting the identities of others by not including other children’s surnames

  • Not communicating anyone’s, including their own, personal details such as addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or current locations etc

  • Not posting images of other members of the class without permission from the Class Blogmaster

  • Making sure that images are appropriate for use in a class blog viewed by children

  • Reporting any comments which they feel are rude, abusive, threatening or inappropriate to the Class Blogmaster or a responsible adult

We expect CHILDREN to:

b) Enjoy and Achieve by…

  • BC 99 of 122Using their imaginations and experiences to inspire creative writing

  • Authoring new posts and comments on the blogs in standard English that is grammatically correct to the best of the child’s ability

  • The subject matter or topics chosen for new posts to be strongly linked to home or school learning

  • Understanding who their audience is and how to communicate with them appropriately

  • Understanding that if they write a new post that it may or may not be published by the teacher. A new post written by a child should be seen as a ‘suggestion’ for publishing to the Blogmaster. The final publishing decision made by the Blogmaster will be made on the basis of many criteria such as: imagination, creativity, relevance, quality, accuracy, censorship, timing etc

  • BC 98 of 122When feeding back to others through posting comments, the comments are constructive and sensitive to the author of the original post or previous comment. Children must take into account the feelings and opinions of others reading their comments. Constructive feedback should focus on the successful parts of the written work whilst suggesting one area in which the poster can improve

  • The use of smilies is limited to two per comment. Smilies, otherwise known as emoticons, are there to express feelings or emotional responses in a post and should be used appropriately for this purpose and only if required

  • Understanding that some of the details of their posts or comments may be edited by a Blogmaster for accuracy, censorship or e-safety reasons

  • Being encouraged to respond to constructive feedback by editing their original post, as appropriate

PARENTS can help promote the success and safety of the class blogs by…

  • Regularly posting encouraging, enthusiastic, constructive comments to blog posts (please remove surname or protect the surname of your child in the class i.e. ‘Dave’s dad’ or ‘Mrs D.’)

  • Regularly reading the blogs and encouraging your child to blog high quality written posts

  • Make suggestions to your child for posts on the blog i.e. following a trip or learning experience

  • Allowing a regular internet access period for your child at home

  • Report any inappropriate comments or breaches of e-safety to the school via the website ‘Contact’ form


The Pupil Discussion Forum

2013-10-19 10.39.12 pmPupil voice is key to how we self-evaluate our school. Our pupil discussion forum allows leaders, including our very own 'Future Leaders', to raise the questions related to how we make Blue Coat better and get quick feedback from those who matter most - our pupils!

The format of the forum commands that much of the guidance around how to use the blogs is still very relevant when looking to be safe online. 

As the forum allows comversations between pupils and staff to happen more or less instantly then there are some extra guidelines:

  • Conversations should be polite. Others may have a different view but we respect difference and respond to it politely.
  • Read what others have said first. A forum 'thread' is basically a long chat between forum members that is started by what's said in the first post - usually a question or something to start debate. The chat will soon come to an end if no-one reads what was said before and this can also lead to people repeating pretty much what someone else said previously. Boring, right?
  • Let someone know if something isn't right. If someone posts something that you're not happy with or someone else might take offence to then let an adult know so that they can do something about it.

Head's Tweet

from Mr Ryan

Welcome back, everyone! Great to see so many smiles on our first day back.

04 Sep 17 at 3:13pm