Online Safety is online safeguarding and part of our safeguarding responsibility.
Choochoos is aware of the growth of internet use and the advantages this can bring. However, we are also aware of the dangers, so we strive to support children, staff and families in using the internet safely.
Keeping Children Safe in Education states, ‘The breadth of issues classified within online safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk’:
- Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
- Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
- Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes harm.
We aim to safeguard staff, families and children in keeping safe online. It is not about banning and restricting the use of the internet, but about educating children to make the right choices.
Our job is to educate and make parents/families aware of the risks and how they can prevent these. It needs to be a shared approach with parents, families and staff.
Parents, families and staff should be having conversations with their children about online safety from a young age, e.g. passwords, what is wrong and right, if it happens who to tell and go to, etc.
All staff are provided with online safety training as part of their induction and core training, which is provided by a reputable training provider and accessed by staff, as an online training course. Online safety is also shared with staff in our Choochoos Safeguarding and Child Protection training.
Staff and families can access our online safety policy at all times, in our lobby area or by email/paper copy on request. Choochoos keeps up to date with training available and any updates.
Helpful websites for families:
- CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a National Crimes Agency Command Centre. It was set up in April 2006 to protect children from online and offline sexual exploitation. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
- IWF – Illegal things online, report to Internet Watch Foundation. https://www.iwf.org.uk/
- Parent Port – Inappropriate content for parents to report. http://www.parentport.org.uk/
- Digital Parenting Magazine – Free on Vodafone website/magazine. https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting