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Online Safety at Westdene

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Online safety is a very important part of our learning at Westdene as it equips children with the knowledge and skills to be creative, assertive and resilient digital citizens. Teaching children to be safe and responsible users of digital devices and on the Internet is part of our computing and PSHE curriculum. Below is a range of resources to inform parents, carers and children about online safety matters, as well as the rules which we encourage all children to follow when online. 

 

 Click here to report an online safety concern to the school.

 

Online Safety in our Curriculum

Our computing curriculum at Westdene covers a wide range of topics relating to online safety. To find out exactly what is covered by the units we teach at school, please look at the following documents:

Useful Documents

Online Safety Guide

(Westdene) 

 

Share Aware

(O2 NSPCC)

 

Your Child's Online World

(O2 NSPCC)

 

Digital Parenting

(Vodaphone)

 

Growing Up Digital

(Children's Commissioner)

 

Media Attitudes

(Ofcom)

 

Age-Specific Guidance (from InternetMatters.org)

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Our Online Safety Rules

1. Keep your personal information safe (this includes your whole name, address, phone number and email address).

2. Protect your password (only you should know it).

3. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are (be aware of strangers pretending to be someone else).

4. Never meet up with somebody that you have met online and report anyone who asks to meet up with you to your parents, teacher, CEOP or Childline.

5. Never open emails from people that you don't know in case they contain a virus that can damage your computer.

6. Keep your online accounts private so that only your friends (and not strangers) can see what you post.

 

 

7. Think carefully before uploading photos online. Any photo you upload online could become the property of the website you uploaded it to and anyone will be able to use it. Only upload photos that belong to you and ask permission before you upload photos that include other people.

8. Always ask permission to go online from your grown-up and let them know which sites you are using.

9. Be kind and polite to anyone you speak to or message online. Remember that saying unkind or untrue things about another person online is still bullying and still hurts feelings just as much. Be aware that what you say or do online can be tracked, even if you delete the comment.

10. If you see anything online that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult that you trust. This could be your parents or carers, your teacher, Childline or CEOP.

Useful Links

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