At St Laurence's, we are committed to improving online safety for all of our pupils, staff and parents.
We were awarded the 360 Degree Online Safety Mark in recognition of the quality of the school's online safety provision on Tuesday 11th February 2020. This demonstrates how important we take pupil safety when using the range of electronic equipment in school and knowing what to do when at home or in the community.
If you have any concerns, we are always more than happy to meet with parents on a one to one basis or by arranging a parent meeting. We also have a range of posters, booklets and literature available in the entrance hall or within church. On our website we have links to PEGI Ratings, Social Media help and your own internet service provider will have help for parents with security settings on their homepage.
The aim of our e-safety commitment to pupils, parents and staff is to provide a safe environment through our use of modern technology. We aim to educate good usage and positively encourage learning through safe interaction with a range of tablet and online technologies.
However, with the proliferation of mobile services e-safety is more apparent than ever before. To this end, please find below a selection of online resources for pupils, parents and staff alike. The sites listed below are by no means exhaustive but do give a great introduction to e-safety. We hope you will find them useful to engage you and your child in constructive conversation about e-safety.
Our designated member of staff for Online Safety is Mr Meikle, our Deputy Headteacher. For more information on how we teach this in school please Click Here. Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.
CBBC - Children's guide to staying safe online
This guide written by CBBC gives 8 top tips for staying safe online
CEOP is the organisation for Child Expolitation and online protection. It contains a range of information about keeping yourself or a child you know safe from child sexual exploitation. You can also report anything that has made you feel uncomfortable on the COP website.
Childnet International (previously kidsmart)
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Digital Parenting is created for parents and schoolteachers to help them give children the life skills they need to thrive in the always-connected digital world. We hope it will give you essential knowledge and help build your confidence as you guide your children through the challenges of life online.
There’s information and advice from experts, parents and teachers on a range of topics:
This website offers help for parents on how to keep their children safe online. It is run in partnership with all of the big internet service providers, including BT, Sky and Virgin.
Pawsexplore is a safe search website that limits all searches to the most stringent security checks. For use at home or in school, children can join the fun characters of Kelly and Robbie in their hunt for information!
Social Media Video
This light hearted video demonstrates how social media behaviour would work in person look in person, brings it all into perspective
South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)
A not-for-profit charitable trust, providing a wide range of products, services and solutions designed specifically for education, including support for
safeguarding children online. Here you will find innovation, expertise and multi-award winning tools.
Thinkuknow is also from CEOPS but has areas aimed at different age ranges using videos and top tips to make learning about internet safety fun.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre contains online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Specifically they have information on staying safe when using social network and similar sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Moshi Monsters, YouTube etc, these guides can be accessed here:
Net Aware brings together the NSPCC's expertise in protecting children and O2's tech know-how. This site will allow you to check games ratings, parental settings and much, much more.