The world is becoming increasingly 'virtual' with the internet connecting people in a wide range of arena through a number of different device types. Just as we aim to keep children safe when in our immediate care we should aim to monitor their use of the internet and ensure they are enjoying the rich range of resources in a safe and controlled manner. This is known as 'E-Safety' which can be defined in a number of ways. One such definition is "E-Safety is about utilising information and communication technologies in a safe and responsible way. It is mainly concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the digital world and making sure they feel safe when accessing new technology. It is can be associated with websites such as Facebook, bebo, twitter, msn and any other social networks"
Please keep an eye out on our Calendar and through Walton Weekly to see when we are running our E-Safety sessions to provide an opportunity for us to update you on how we are protecting children on-line in school and for parents and our school community to share information and good practice.
Termly the ICT team at Walton on the Hill Primary School test the filtering software for key words, phrases and concepts to ensure the children are not able to access inappropriate, offensive or other types of material on the school internet. These tests are carried out with the knowledge of the SLT to ensure that there is no negative impact on the member of staff carrying out the tests. This falls both in our curriculum aspects of ICT / e-safety and the Safeguarding provision within our school.
Please click on the sites below to have a look through some of the principles of E-Safety and how to tackle this in the home.
We promote walking, cycling and scooting as sustainable and healthy modes of transport to and from school. Our school is a 'BikeIt' school which is part of the Sustrans initiative to encourage alternative methods of transport to school. To ensure children are safe on their way to school we ask that parents plan a safe route to school and work with us to educate children about being safe around the village. We take part in the Bikeability Training (Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century!) which is aimed to train children how to stay safe on their bikes.
Below is some general advice and information to help keep your children safe. Please come and talk to members of the staff if you ever have any questions about how to best keep your child safe or if you are concerned about the safety of any member of our school community.