Oakworth Primary School and Nursery

Together We Learn, Together We Grow

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Online Safety

The principles of our approach

Online safety lies at the heart of our approach to computing. Our approach has five key components:

(a) to use Education for a Connected World (ECW) as a starting point because it contains age-appropriate objectives that meet our children’s needs;

(b) to make sure that computing dovetails with PSHE because of the overlap in areas such as body image and bullying;

(c) to let teachers use their professional judgement about when to teach the online safety objectives so that they can be responsive to current issues that arise in their year group or in the online world more broadly;

(d) to involve outside agencies, especially our local PCSO, to visit children in school and to communicate with parents;

(e) to be alive to specific concerns as they arise (e.g. the Momo app in 2019) but, importantly, to equip our children with the skills that can be applied to any online interaction because we know that the online world our children are engaging with is constantly evolving.

Some top tips to keep your children safe  

Helpful links to find detailed advice and tips

  • General advice for parents and carers from Childnet (https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers)  
  • Advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre (https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers)  
  • Guides on popular apps and games from NetAware (https://www.net-aware.org.uk/)  
  • Reviews and information about games from Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/)  
  • Help on using parental controls from Internet Matters (https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/)  
  • Information and reporting of online grooming or abuse from CEOP (https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/)

Educating the whole-school community 

In March 2020, Geoff, our PSCO for online safety, hosted a talk to parents to educate them about the steps that can be taken to protect children at home.  It was very informative. Thanks to all those parents who could spare the time to attend (and thanks to Geoff too!).