E-safety is viewed as a highly important area within Wistaston Academy. As a school we have developed a long-term plan for children from Reception to Year 6. This includes many areas including sharing personal information, downloading, gaming, asking for help, cyber-bullying and social networking.
Each year we recognise National E-safety Month. We begin by holding an assembly about the importance of keeping safe on the internet and discussing what we can do to keep ourselves safe. We also remind children about our School Internet Rules which are on display in all classrooms.
In school we have a number of safe guards and filters which help prevent children getting into danger whilst online. However, it is important to speak to your children and promote online safety in the home as well as in school
As you may be aware Facebook is a site for adults and young people over the ages of 13 years. The content of this website is not always suitable for children, particularly primary school children.
You may find it helpful to look at the following points:
- Encourage your children to keep their personal information private.
- It is sensible not to give your children free reign when online. Limit the number of hours they spend on the internet by allocating a set time when they can browse the web.
- It is wise to discuss the dangers of the internet with your children. Explain the risks of meeting strangers who have made contact online and encourage open communication, making them feel comfortable enough to come to you with any concerns they may have.
- Ensure that your children do not send photos or give out address details about themselves or the family to anyone, or post such information on any online forum.
Please ensure, as parents, you continue to support us in keeping all children at Wistaston Academy safe by monitoring what your children are doing online, and only letting them use websites which are age appropriate.
We are delighted to announced that we are a certfied school for Online Safety - National Online Safety. See the certificate in the Files to Download.
We have a lot of useful resources to support parents and the children who go to our school with staying safe online.
For more information on how to keep your young person safe online, please visit the websites below:
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ – This site also contains advice specifically aimed at parents of children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder
If you would like to report a problem or concern go to:
To keep safe online, please visit:
We also have our own information about the Prevent Strategy – please click image.
Remember, if you have any emergency concerns about safety online call 999.
Children with SEN can be particularly vulnerable on Social Media and we recommend close supervision if your child would like to access these. Risks include cyberbullying and internet “trolls”, online fraud, extremists and terrorists.
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have also made an excellent information pack aimed at Parents and Carers of SEN Children. This can be viewed by following this link (PDF document):