E Safety

Date: 1st May 2015 @ 9:29am

Hello

This week I just wanted to report to you about the CEOPS meeting hosted by Amy Fletcher of Cheshire Constabulary on Monday evening. 26 parents attended the meeting along with a group of school staff. If you were to ask anyone who attended the meeting about its importance, I think they would certainly rate it as very high!

The theme of the meeting was about keeping our children safe when they use the internet – even our very youngest children. Of course there were some harrowing stories and we hear about cases in our cluster group of schools too. Although the World Wide Web is a wonderful tool and offers masses of possibilities and opportunities, it is also a sad fact that with any new and evolving technology, it is a potential target for someone to abuse it. Therefore it falls on us to protect our children.

In school, every Autumn term, as our first Computing unit of work, the children in every year group cover an E-safety unit of work. You can find a short summary of this work on our ‘Being Safe’ page on our website. In addition, we continually remind children about being safe on the internet and we apply a wide range of controls to ensure that inappropriate material is blocked. As a school, please can we urge you to check the safety settings on all of the devices where the internet can be accessed in your homes and also homes which your children regularly visit?

Here are some links for you to access some really excellent information and support: http://www.hermitage.cheshire.sch.uk/page/e-safety/3974

I would also like to thank Mrs Jones (Y2) who kindly put a message on the Hermitage PTFA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HermitagePrimarySchoolPTFA) immediately after the meeting. Let’s get the message out there and keep our children safe!

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend everyone!

Miss Wilson

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