Welcome to the Online -safety area of our website. Here you will find links, resources and updates to supporting our children to stay safe online.
Our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leaders with the responsibility of online-safety are: Mrs Sarah Reynolds and Mrs Rachel Wadsworth
Mrs Wadsworth is now a CEOP accredited trained Ambassador.
CEOP has a network of over 5,500 ambassadors across the UK. This is an active network of professionals delivering CEOP's 'Thinkuknow' resources in their local communities to fellow professionals, parents and carers and young people.
Our governor with the responsibility for online safety is: Mrs Donna Richardson
Digital Well- Being
Young people are growing up in a world where technology has always been present for them and this can have both a positive and negative impact on their lives.
On the one hand going online can mean being connected to friends, sharing experiences and learning new things but all of these experiences can also pose challenges for young people. With the online world being such a huge part of young people's lives today, it's very important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them.
What is digital wellbeing?
Our overall wellbeing is determined by the physical and emotional experiences we have on a daily basis. As technology continues to be such a huge part of our lives, from the way we represent who we are to the interactions we have with others, it too has an impact on our wellbeing. This is often referred to as your 'digital wellbeing' or 'online wellness.'
It is essentially about having an awareness of how being online can make us feel and looking after ourselves and others when online. This can include recognising the impact being online can have on our emotions, mental wellbeing and even on our physical health and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.
Our digital wellbeing can be influenced by the choices we make online, the content we see, the interactions we have with others and even how long we spend engaging with technology and the internet. Reports have found that those who spend extended amounts of time online are more likely to see upsetting content, receive abusive comments or send abuse to others.
Technology and the internet should be there to enhance and simplify our lives rather than be a cause of distraction, worry or upset. However, not all online experiences are positive for young people and this can have a negative impact on how they feel about themselves, their friendships and relationships and even how they see the wider world.
Access the childnet links below to continue to keep our children safe online...
National Online Safety
Childnet have published Online Safety Posters featuring characters familiar to our children in school... Smartie the Penguin and Digiduck. Have a look...
This year our children are taking part in the West Yorkshire Police Online Safety Christmas Card Competition. Follow the link below to find out more...
Online Safety Monthly Newsletter 2018-19
Online Safety Monthly Newsletter 2017-18
360 degree safe
We are excited announce that we are currently working towards achieving the 360 degree safe award. Our assessment day is Friday 2nd February 2018.
The multi-award winning 360 degree safe schools self-review online tool provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to review their Online Safety provision and to develop an action plan to bring about improvements.
The 360 degree safe self-review tool is intended to help schools review their Online Safety policy and practice. It provides:
- Information and stimulus that can influence the production or review of Online Safety policies and develop good practice.
- A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
- Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
- A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for Online Safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.
As part of our commitment to online safety, we have a proactive working group of CEOP accredited lead, staff, governors and parents who work closely with the community (Sally Martin, Sarah Cutts @St Helens Church, Portobello Community Forum) in delivering key safety messages. Our digital leaders also play a key role in leading the online safety messages within the school community and wider; Portobello youth club.
We are delighted to announce that after a rigorous day of scrutiny and interviews we have been awarded the 360 degree online safety accreditation being the first school in Wakefield to achieve this award. Congratulations to everyone particularly our amazing children who presented evidence of our online safety curriculum with such confidence.
General Data Protection Regulation
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018.Staff and governors have already undertaking training and have further training led by Tim Pinto and webinars booked to ensure that we are fully compliant and ready. We also used the video from@educationgovuk to raise awareness. It gives a brief overview of how we can review and improve handling of personal data. Take a look!
Christmas Safety Online
'As we near Christmas many children's Christmas lists will be filled with gadgets and technology. Help to keep them safe by making sure parental controls are set as well as selecting appropriate console games. Use the links below to show you how:'
NSPCC how to set parental controls;
Choosing the right console game for your child
Online SAfety Curriculum Awareness Raising Event
A curriculum event for parents was held to raise awareness of the importance of being safe online.
Take a look at the power point below
DfE Advice for Parents and Carers on Cyber Bullying - November 2017
There is an upcoming event for families at Event City in Manchester from 18th - 20th November called the 'Digital Kids Show'. Loads of children's TV stars are there including...Diversity! Great links to Online Safety in a fun and interactive way! See link below for more information:
The latest E-Safety Support Widget to the Online Safety Section of the Website is available. Please follow the link below.
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Privacy Notice
Wakefield Council is committed to maintaining high standards in relation to Information
Governance and data protection. Wakefield Council will maintain confidence with service users
and will only use personal information for the purpose(s) listed in section 2 below. We will
keep your information secure at all times.
Follow the link below to find out more;
At Sandal Castle Primary we use RM Safetynet to keep everyone safe online. We use a feature called User Based Filtering which gives us
greater flexibility over our internet filtering by allowing us to ensure that everyone is receiving the appropriate level of internet filtering.
Not only can websites be blocked for certain age groups but also at specific times.
RM Safetynet is a cloud based filtering solution and therefore does not rely on any expensive on site equipment.
SSL interception allows search terms made on secure websites such as GOOGLE to be intercepted and logged, therefore preventing inappropriate search results form being displayed.
Active adapt content filter instantly scans the content on every page of the website. Risk calculations are made based on this content and a permit or deny decision is made.
Logs can be viewed in Safetynet showing the amount of bandwidth currently being used. These logs also allow us to monitor which websites are visited by everyone in school.
#DITTO is a free half-termly (approx every 6 weeks) magazine for schools and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, commonly called e-safety or online safety, but also with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.
Click here to view the April 2017 Edition of #DITTO
A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world. We are backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players and offer practical tips and expert e-safety advice for parents and schools.
For more information visit internetmatters.org
An award winning, government endorsed safeguarding platform and app used in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities around the world – allowing students to safely report incidents directly to their place of learning. tootoot is used by over 200,000 students in the UK and internationally.
For more information visit www.tootoot.co.uk
Online Safety: Our Children Need You!
Children are using technology and exploring the online world from a younger age. Thinkuknow are developing a new resource to help build young children's resilience online and give them the skills to explore all the digital world has to offer safely.
Thinkuknow need a comprehensive picture of the online behaviour of 4-7 year olds and hope you can help us by completing the Parents/Carers survey.
Complete the Survey here; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parentscarers4-7s
We have some advice on Online Safety over the Christmas period. Please click on the link below.
This term, we are taking part in the 'Internet of Things' external school survey - this is a survey of internet use by pupils when at home. The survey is supported by education technology association Naace.
Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KMZQ7ZP to complete an online survey about your child's use of the world wide web. We hope to use this information to further support our families in ensuring our children are safe online.
Have a look at this link to become familiar with some risky APPs to be aware of: Updated Feb 2017 - Are you aware of these Social media Applications that are risky to our children?
We all know how much our children enjoy online gaming. Please visit these websites for more information to support your child to game safely.
DITTO E-Safety Magazine
This month's issue is looking at a diverse range of topics such as:
- social media
- parental engagement
- and much more, including an exclusive interview from a female gamer who gives us some insights into her online experiences in the gaming world.
To download the magazine, please click HERE or copy and paste the
following into your browser:
This is the link to further issues of the new half termly e -safety magazine.
E-Safety Support Widget
We would like to make you aware of the O2/NSPCC Netaware APP which indicates the risks presented by the most popular APP accessed by children.