Online Safety

Online safety is an essential part of keeping children and staff safe at Heathcote Primary School.

The internet and other digital information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new creative ways for learning, communicating and working with others. As a school we believe that these new technologies have an extremely positive effect on the children that use them whilst in school and at home.

We aim to help children to acknowledge the opportunities and the risks when working online and to develop a set of safe and responsible behaviours to support them whenever they are online.

The use of online communication within school is monitored extensively, both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable content. Online safety incidents which are reported by staff or children are recorded and managed in accordance with the Online Safety Policy.  All children are taught about how to be responsible, safe internet users and are taught the skills which are needed in order for them to protect themselves against online dangers both inside and outside of school.
We appreciate the support of parents in helping us to be successful in keeping children safe online. The following websites provide easily accessible information and reporting routes for parents, in relation to issues such as online bullying, grooming, sexting, privacy settings, social media and radicalisation. You can also access a free magazine on e-safety through the website plus other useful resources. We have provided a copy for you to read below. We will also print this out and keep a copy in our front office. 
Childnet International.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre provides online and offline support to children and parents on issues such as bullying, viruses, webcam/video chat use and photo distribution.
Think U Know provides information and activities to educate children and parents on how to stay safe online. 
Internet Matters provides accessible information on issues such as sexting, radicalisation, online grooming and your online reputation.