Online safety is an extremely important part of keeping children safe at Our Lady Queen of Peace . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online safety incidents are recorded and managed. Online safety is taughtacross all keystages using a progressive scheme of work and we also hold online safety lessons should a need arise to address a specific topic and on Safer Internet Day and Antibullying week. These lessons explain and demonstrate how to stay safe and behave appropriately online whilst also teaching older pupils ways to manage risk.
To be successful in keeping children safe online it is imperative that we work with parents to ensure the online safety messages are consistent. both at home and school and it is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
We have several avenues for pupils to report online safety concerns including our Online Reporting Tool which is accessible at the bottom of this website. Futher details on this tool can be found below.
The Sharp System - Our Reporting Tool
Welcome to The Sharp System the new anonymous service that lets you report a problem you may have at school or at home. Whether it be bulllying, online bullying, issues at home or concerns about other fellow students.
The service consists of a website button / link that launches an online dialogue-box to capture information or details for anyone who needs to report issues to the school. That information is then sent to an email address nominated by the school. There are also useful links to safeguarding topics available on the portal.
To report a problem either click on the Sharp System icon at the the bottom of each website page to be taken to a secure web form.
Sharing things that upset you is not always an easy thing to do. The Sharp System is designed to act as another way you can tell a responsible adult at the school about any issues that you or others might be having. Sometimes that way might be easier than a face to face meeting.
This might include:
· You or someone else being bullied
· Something happening online that you don’t feel comfortable with and might need some advice
· If you feel somebody at the school is at risk
· If you have a problem that you need to talk about to somebody
West Mercia Police have released a campaign to help young people protect themselves from and handle cyberbullying. Please click the link below to find out more information on how to deal with cyberbullying.
Useful e safety Links
You will see this logo on many Social Networking Sites. You can click this link to report someone or something that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable on line.
This website will give you lots of advice on how to use the internet safely and responsibly.
Remember our SMART Rules
Mobile Phone Safety - a guide to keeping safe whilst using your mobile phone
The SMART rules - A link to the Kidsmart Website for internet safety.
Safe Online Gaming
Many games console games can now be played whilst connecting with others online. It is important to understand that whilst this can enhance your playing experience it is important to behave safely. The link below will provide some useful tips on staying safe while online gaming.
It is also important when asking for a new game that it is suitable for your age range. Many games that are released today contain content that is not suitable for children.On each game box there will be an icon showing the rating like the ones below.
This rating means that a game is suitable for children above that age.
A selection of Internet safety games