Online Safety

Online Safety At Westhaven School

At Westhaven School we take Online Safety very seriously, we strive to teach pupils and staff to understand and use technologies sensibly and to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school). This is reflected in our recent 360 Online Safety Accreditation.

Online Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding in both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).

The internet provides an important resource across the curriculum, it is used in this school to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement and as a necessary tool for staff to support their professional work. The internet also enhances the schools management information and business administration systems. However, in common with other media such as magazines, books and videos, some material available via the internet is unsuitable for pupils. So this school has provided students with safe, quality internet access as part of their learning experience, protected by filtering by South West Grid for Learning (SWfGL).

Westhaven’s Online Safety Policy (being updated for implementation September 2019)

Here are some useful links for accessing helpful information about Online Safety, information and guidance:

NSPCC Online Safety: An engaging, easy-to-understand, informative and easy to navigate site – we recommend it!

Kidsmart: This is a Childnet International website for children, parents and teachers which covers many aspects of online safety.  It’s a great site to use, it’s very easy to navigate and it includes the S.M.A.R.T. rules, videos presented by children and tasks to try at home.  Recommended!

Thinkuknow: The main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.  Through this site you can register for monthly email updates that will provide you with information on new and emerging technologies.

Know IT All for Parents: This site has been designed to help families get the most out of using the internet and mobile phone.  It contains advice for parents about keeping children safe.  It has been designed to be easy to use and includes videos to make it more interesting as well as short tutorials for those parents who are new to computers.  You can also create a family agreement that you agree together with your children on how the internet will be used in your home.

South West Grid for Learning – Safe: A wealth of useful information and resources for parents including e-safety movies, some of which we’ve been showing on the screen in the school reception area.

Get Safe Online: The UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.  Aimed at keeping adults safe online but contains an excellent section on safeguarding children.

National Online Safety Centre: We are an independent online safety training provider founded by three fathers on a mission to keep children safe online. We believe that through our engaging Online Safety training and resources for school staff, parents and children, we can make a difference. It is our mission to educate and empower trusted adults with the information they need to engage in meaningful dialogue between children and young people about the online world, their online activities and the ever-evolving risks that they are exposed to. We focus on both general online safety risks and platform specific risks to provide adults with easy to follow information which enables conversations between adults and children.