Safeguarding & Online Safety
Child Safeguarding and Online Safety
Wolvey Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are fully committed to ensuring that consistent effective safeguarding procedures are in place to support families, children and staff at our school.
Wolvey Church of England Primary School has a legal responsibility to inform Children’s Social Care of any Child Protection concerns in relation to children who attend the school. In the majority of cases a Child Protection concern will be discussed initially with the parent/carer and if necessary a referral will be made to Children’s Social Care.
The school has a long-standing commitment to promoting online safety in the school and increasingly when children are out of school.
More and more parents are becoming aware of the issues and ask for our advice or to be pointed in the right direction to find more information. This page aims to try and put some of that important information in one place.
How can parents increase children's safety on the Internet?
There are actions parents can take on their home computer to restrict what children do.
- Make sure that children do not have administrative access on the computer. It is very easy to set up separate user accounts for everyone who uses the computer
Once that is done the following become possible:
- Activate Parental controls in the web browser. In Internet Explorer go to tools>Internet Options>Content>Parental Controls and also to Content Advisor. Other browsers such as Firefox have their own features
- Install web filtering/blocking software such as Cyber Patrol or Web Nanny
- Use child-friendly Search Engines
- Come to one of our E-Safety Sessions for Parents – the next one will be in February 2015
- Find out as much as you can visiting some of the sites listed here:
Click Clever, Click Safe
Click to visit the Directgov Click Clever, Click Safe website. Follow the links for Parents
The Click Clever, Click Safe campaign has been organised by UKCCIS, a new body concerned with e-safety set up by the DCSF and 150 other organisations as well as individuals. The site has a wealth of information.
Another very informative website from a not-for-profit organisation working with online safety experts to bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. Includes help with setting parental controls and filters.
Many parents have been asking about Social Networking Sites .....which ones are 'safe', what children can do on them etc.
Digizen is a government website which has a lot of information for adults and children on these different social networking sites, with detailed evalautions of them. You can download copies of all of their reports and documents but as the Internet is constantly evolving, it is a good idea to revisit these sites regularly to keep up to date.
Other bodies providing advice, additional information, guidance and activities for children:
Think U Know
A CEOP site
CBBC Stay Safe
As a parent, you might want to look at the Hector Protector site in New Zealand, sponsored by a charity called Netsafe.
Visit Hector's World:
They have developed the Hector button, which you download and install onto your computer and it will float on the screen. Children can press the button whenever they come across anything on the net which they find upsetting or worrying.
Microsoft online safety and security centre
Microsoft offers advice on Internet Safety when using their products. The Resources tab will take you a range of printable advice sheets.
Google has some excellent advice