Our Vision for Online Safety
ICT is an increasingly essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. We recognise that all schools need to build on the use of these technologies in order to arm young people with the appropriate skills to access life-long learning and employment.
ICT now covers a wide range of resources, including web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast-paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. The internet technologies children and young people are using include:
- Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
- Email and Instant Messaging
- Chat Rooms and Social Networking
- Blogs and Wikis
- Video Broadcasting
- Music Downloading
- Mobile/Smartphones/Smart Watches and tablets with text, video, and/ or web functionality
- Other mobile devices and games consoles with web functionality
At Oakfield School, we understand our responsibility to educate our pupils on ‘online’ issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the classroom environment. We believe it is essential for Online Safety guidance to be given to the pupils on a regular and meaningful basis.
Pupils are always reminded that reporting an online issue is very important in keeping yourself safe.
- Always tell a staff member if an issue has occurred they will support you and help with this matter. (Staff will follow school’s protocols relating to the issue)
- If pupils are at home, you must tell your parent/carers or a responsible adult
- Pupils are reminded to never delete information sent to them
Online Safety is embedded within our curriculum and we continually look for new opportunities to promote the safe use of the online world.
Our vision is that pupils have a diverse, balanced, and relevant approach to the use of technology, in an environment where security is balanced appropriately with the need to learn effectively. We aim to ensure that our children are equipped with the skills and knowledge to use technology appropriately and responsibly, that they understand the risks associated with this activity, and are able to deal with these both in and out of school.
The school’s Online Safety has been written to ensure safety measures are in place to protect both students and staff working with ICT equipment and related technologies. The policy is to assist school staff working with children to work safely and responsibly with the internet and other communication technologies and to monitor their own and student’s standards and practice. Our responsibility is to set high expectations of our students using communication technologies and to maintain a consistent approach to Online Safety by knowing the content of the policy and the procedures adopted and developed by the school.
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?
Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors
Should I make a report to CEOP?
What happens when I make a report?
How can CEOP help me?
If you have been a victim of sexual online abuse or you’re worried this is happening to someone you know, let us know safely and securely
Information on support/guidance:
Searching, Screening, and Confiscation – February 2014:
The Prevent Duty – June 2015:
Hull Safeguarding Children’s Partnership :
National Guidance UKCCI – Sexting in School and Colleges 2016