At Bourne Elsea Park we use National Online Safety to help keep our children safe online. National Online Safety is an independent online safety training provider. Their mission is to educate and empower trusted adults with the information they need to engage in meaningful dialogue between children and young people about the online world, their online activities and the ever-evolving risks that they are exposed to. They focus on both general online safety risks and platform specific risks to provide adults with easy to follow information which enables conversations between adults and children.
National Online Safety provides online CPD for parents/carers, staff and governors. Specific training relating to E-Safety is also available for Designated and Deputy Safeguarding leads and SENCOs. This training is provided annually.
National Online Safety also provides us with monthly webinars on trending topics to help keep staff up to date with online issues. We also receive weekly parental guides (Wake Up Wednesday) which we upload onto the school websites to help keep parents/carers up to date with online platforms, devices, apps and websites their child may be using.
National Online Safety responds to the current DfE statutory guidance around online safety including the revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and links to ‘Education for a Connected World.’
Our E-Safety Curriculum is based on the ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework. This framework describes the skills and understanding that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely.
Over the year we focus on each of the 8 different topics including
Each year we also take part in Safer Internet Day.
Pupils take an active role in their own and their peers’ learning of online safety. E-Safety Champions ‘team teach’ with the class teacher to help children learn about e-safety. They also take part and lead Collective Worships throughout the year and are heavily involved with Safer Internet Day and the school council. Children are the first people to discover apps, new games and problems so it is vital that their ‘voice’ is heard and can help to lead online safety with staff.