St. John's is committed to ensuring all pupils become safe and responsible users of existing and new technologies.
We promote partnership with parents to achieve this goal by providing relevant and current guidance. This is achieved through:
- regular inclusion of material in newsletters
- annual parents' E-Safety meetings
- information section on the school website
- involvement in high profile events such as Safer Internet Day
- providing copies of pupils' Acceptable User Agreements
By raising awareness of the risks associated with ICT, we hope to encourage pupils to access social media, the Internet and mobile phones in a safe and appropriate manner.
St. John's ensures that all pupils receive an age appropriate input on e-safety each year throughout our Computing curriculum.
Underpinning the curriculum are the SMART rules which are reinforced in school:
- Safe - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you're chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
- Meeting - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
- Accept - Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
- Reliable - Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it's best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
- Tell - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
E-Safety understanding is provided in the following ways:
- A planned E-Safety curriculum is provided as part of Computing / PSHE and is regularly revisited
- Key e-safety messages are reinforced as part of a planned programme of assemblies
- Pupils are encouraged to check authenticity and validate online content
- Pupils are taught to acknowledge the source of information used and to respect copyright when using material accessed on the Internet