Using technology can offer many positive educational and social benefits for pupils, but unfortunately there are associated dangers. Children and young people are vulnerable and may expose themselves to danger, whether knowingly or unknowingly. At St. Mary’s Catholic School we value highly, the rich range of resources and experiences that the Internet, and other technologies, can offer, to both our staff and pupils. The use of websites and e-mail is embedded into our schemes of work and enables us to teach and learn in ways that were previously unavailable.
The teaching of E-Safety and Cyberbullying is included in the Computing curriculum covered by each class. Every year we hold an annual Friendship/E-Safety Week to promote a sensible use of the latest technology. This includes pupil assemblies, workshops for parents and staff training. We have various policies in place to protect staff and children.
Please click here for our Online Safety Policy.
Please click here for the school Child Friendly Online Safety Policy
The Safeguarding Training Centre has created a safeguarding hub that allows parents to access interactive guidance on setting up parental controls on their child’s devices, as well as guidance on apps like TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and more.
Please click here to access the hub.
You may also find the following websites useful:
Attached are some information posters on being safe online