It is vital to educate our pupils about online safety in a 21st Century school. Our pupils often participate in lessons where online security issues are highlighted, so that they can make independent decisions about keeping themselves safe whilst in the digital and real world. A Police Liaison Officer will also visit the school to support the learning within the classroom, and to ensure that the appropriate safeguarding messages are shared with the children and staff.
Online Safety Guidance
Carmarthenshire County Council believes that the use of information and communication technologies in schools brings great benefits. Recognising the e-safety challenges and planning accordingly will help to ensure appropriate, effective, safe and positive use of electronic communications.
Guidance for Parents/Carers
Here are a number of guides which are aimed at helping parents/carers of primary school aged pupils to stay safe online:
If you are unsure about whether your child/ren should be accessing social media websites/apps, the Internet Matters website provides guidance on what the age restrictions are for all social media platforms. Please note that, as made clear on this website, the minimum age for any social media platforms is 13 years old.
Who do I Contact for Help, Guidance or Support?
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) command aims to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online and provides victims, their families or trusted adults with an online reporting system. CEOP is part of the National Crime Agency. Click the button below to check whether something that has happened online should be reported. If you need to make a report, remember that a trusted adult should help you.
Childline provides confidential support for children who have concerns about any aspect of their lives, including anything which has happened online. Click to button below to visit the Childline website.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media provides parents/carers with a source of age-related reviews of all types of media including apps, websites and video/computer games. Click the link button below to find out more:
Useful Parental Guides for Digital Lives