Keep Your Child Safe Online
7 September 2023 (by admin)
A reminder of the importance of monitoring children's use of the internet and details of how the school keeps pupils safe online using filtering and monitoring software.
Millfield Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
At our school we have worked hard to create a culture of safety in school which everybody must commit to in order to keep children safe.
Everybody is accountable.
We are dedicated towards being proactive in keeping children safe and seeking early help for vulnerable children and their families.
We are currently updating our safeguarding policy in line with the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board policy and Keeping Children Safe in Education (this is the key government / Department for Education document containing statutory safeguarding guidance that must be followed by all schools).
Parents / carers can find all key safeguarding policies for our school on the safeguarding page of our web site - https://www.millfield.staffs.sch.uk/parents/safeguarding
A key update this year is for schools is in the form of new instructions and recommendations regarding online filtering and monitoring software to keep tabs on what sites pupils are visiting or trying to visit.
In school we have a very powerful web filtering server (Diladele) which blocks inappropriate sites and searches. We also have robust monitoring software (Senso) which informs staff when inappropriate language or internet searches has been used on any devices connected to our school network.
It is vitally important that parents / carers monitor their child’s internet use outside of school on devices to check that they are not accessing inappropriate content.
It is very easy for children to access inappropriate content either by accident or on purpose through web sites such as YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, etc.
Unfortunately, we now find that even our very youngest pupils can now come to school having seen inappropriate content and this can affect their language and behaviour.
For further information regarding how we educate pupils about staying safe online as well as resources to support parents / carers please visit the Internet safety page of our web site - https://www.millfield.staffs.sch.uk/parents/internet-safety