Being online is an integral part of children’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for learning and growth, but it can also expose children to new types of risks.
Online safety forms a fundamental part of Westfield’s safeguarding and child protection measures. We have a whole school approach to help ensure staff, governors, volunteers and parents teach children about online safety. We regularly provide information to parents via the weekly newsletter.
We take a dual responsibility when it comes to online safety: to ensure the school’s online procedures keep children safe, and to teach them about online safety, in and outside of school. Children are actively encouraged to ask any questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world.
To ensure this happens, we:
- create online safety policies and procedures that will help you mitigate risk and respond to concerns
- ensure teachers have the knowledge to teach students about online safety
- provide advice on using social media and live streaming
- support and include parents and carers by sharing helpful advice and resources
- review and update our online safety provision on an ongoing basis.
The links below provide you with useful tips and advice. Please contact the school if you have any queries or comments.
- Online Safety Risk Assessment (116.57KB)
- Online Safety Newsletter Autumn 2022 (476.34KB)
- Online Safety Policy (361.12KB)