E-Safety Measures & SID2019
As a progressive and digitally aware school, we at St Matthew’s consider Online Safety to be of paramount importance in helping to safeguard our children. To this end we have a number of systems in place to actively promote Online safety within our school community.
Acceptable Use Policies
Staff, parents, children and visitors are made aware of and are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy.
Filtering & Monitoring Systems
We employ a cloud based web-filtering service called Webscreen 3.0 which is specifically designed for school use. Panda Anti-virus and Firewall software is enabled on all school computers
All staff have unique logins and passwords which are regularly updated and we are in the process of currently setting up individual logins for all of our KS2 pupils.
We can facilitate reports to provide information on websites being accessed in real time as well as a historical logs of all website requests. We are able to block access to banned sites and have a published reporting procedure in place so that any new sites can be added to the list.
Staff Training /Briefings
We access training by liaising with outside agencies and by taking guidance from local authority specialists in the area of On-line safety. We invite specialists to speak at staff briefings and any training undertaken by staff outside of school is presented and filtered down during regular meetings.
St Matthew’s is a member of the Digital Schools Community which gives us access to the most up to date information training and help on all matters of Online safety. Our membership also affords any parent or guardian of a child at St Matthew’s, access to free Online Resilient Parenting training.
Published Reporting Procedures
We have a simply set out, clear published reporting procedure in place for any eSafety or Online concerns to be reported and dealt with. Our Pastoral Care Manager, Mrs Grier documents all incidences and will escalate any case to our School Safeguarding team if necessary.
Computing Curriculum / Digital Literacy
Online safety is a key element within the digital literacy strand of the computing curriculum. As such all of St Matthew’s children are taught how to keep safe online in an age appropriate way as part of their computing curriculum. At the beginning of every school year and as a key element of any new class induction children are reminded of the school Acceptable Use Policy and the SMART rules for keeping safe on-line. Both sets of rules are permanently displayed within each class or working environment.
We’re proud to be an eCadet school. The eCadets is an award winning programme (run by a team of former police officers) which trains, empowers and supports a team of pupils within our school to keep their friends safe online.
Online Safety Focus & SID2019
Our celebrations for Safer Internet Day this year began on Monday 4th February with school assemblies to introduce the theme “Our Internet, our choice – Understanding consent in a digital world”. This year is the fifth consecutive year that we have supported the campaign and the children really enjoyed all of the fun activities. In addition to age appropriate presentations, videos and class work the children considered the issues raised in more depth during their PHSE programs of study. Our Digi Dogs and Online Safety Hounds in KS1 and EYFS continue to work hard keeping their noses poised to sniff out any new ideas to help the children stay safe. Our eCadets were invited to Anfield Football Club to take part in a special eSafety event and the whole of KS2 enjoyed another topical performance delivered by Altru Drama Group "Back to The App"
Online or eSafety is interwoven throughout our whole curriculum and is an integral part of our every day life here at St Matthew's. Have a look at our curriculum and class pages to see photos and examples of the fantastic work the children do.
We use "tootoot" a web based reporting system which is available to all of our children in upper KS2. The children can use tootoot anonymously to report or discuss any concerns or worries they may have.
Every year we order and distribute more than 400 copies of the Vodaphone Digital Parenting Magazine to staff, parents and carers within our school community. Issue 7 is now available in school or online.
In previous years our children have been invited to perform an assembly at the first ever On-line Safety Conference at LACE and Children's BBC have interviewed our eCadets for a podcast made available on the CBBC channel.