Our Curriculum Vision Statement begins with the words
‘The children who come to Quarry Mount Primary School are diverse, confident and energetic. The world into which they will live and grow is changing rapidly and is driven by technology.’
As technology and the Internet play such a central part in our children’s present and future lives we place great importance on teaching the children how to use them safely. All Internet use is closely monitored and classes complete regular ‘E-safety’ activities to remind the children how to keep safe online. The E-Safety Policy provides more detail about how we do this and is available for you to download below.
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet at home as well as at school. Below are some tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of E-Safety and some useful links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.
For further help or advice, please contact the school's E-Safety Coordinator, Mrs Helen Smith, via the school office.
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E Safety tip of the month – July 2017
The social media app ‘Snapchat’ has recently introduced a new feature which parents need to know about. It is called ‘Snap Map;’ a location-based map which allows any Snapchat users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as letting them see location-based photos and videos. It is important to be careful about who users share their location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time. Your child may have friends on Snapchat that they do not know in person. Please talk to your child about the importance of not sharing their location, especially with people they don’t know in person. Users can change the settings so that they do not show their location to others and we would recommend that you help your child use ‘Ghost Mode’ which means they are the only ones who can see their own location. There is more information about the feature and the settings on the Safer Internet website – goo.gl/Juohpp.
E Safety incident in Leeds, Jan 2017
You may have seen the reports in the media last week about an e-safety incident involving primary age children from Leeds. The incident did not take place in school or through an ‘app’ approved by a school. The incident is now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.
This incident has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues about smartphone ‘apps’ including live.ly and music.ly. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phone, but it appears that unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.
We would ask all parents to make sure that your child does not have access to such apps on their phone and to check that all privacy settings are switched on to make sure that children are protected when using any internet site.
If a child experiences or expresses concerns about online activity, it must be reported to the police using 101 and https://ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/.