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 – December 2017
You may have seen in the news during the last week that there are concerns that children are able to see inappropriate videos on You Tube. These videos at first appear to be for children as they include cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig or Disney characters from films such as Frozen. Unfortunately as the videos play the content becomes violent and disturbing. Children may find these videos when they are looking for genuine videos. YouTube state that if such videos are reported by users then age restrictions can be put on them so they cannot be seen by under-18s. There is a factsheet on the parents’ E Safety page of the school website to explain how to report inappropriate videos and other ways in which you can keep your child safe online.
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/.