Online Safety at Risedale:
Our online safety page will help provide information and advice for parents/carers and pupils about keeping safe online. This page is regularly reviewed and updated in line with Online Safety Guidance for Schools and Settings in North Yorkshire September 2018 and supports the Government's vision for improving online safety.
As technology plays a bigger part in our lives than ever before, access to uncontrolled internet content is forever on the increase and it is becoming even more important that we keep children safe from online threats by promoting E-Safety. We need to ensure that we are all aware of the potential risks involved when using the internet and are being safe whilst doing so. At Risedale we will continue to educate our pupils on the importance of safety online via their tutors in registration time, through assemblies and IT lessons.
The Government's statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education clearly states that, 'The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school to protect and educate the whole school in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify intervene and escalate any incident where appropriate'.
- Our Online Safety Policy should be read and used in conjunction with other school policies which safeguard and protect our pupils.
- Our school IT network is protected by Impero; a state-of-the-art piece of safeguarding software that helps our school to fulfil it's legal duty of care around internet safety and safeguarding.
Parents/carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the importance of using the internet and mobile devices in an appropriate way. Research shows that many parents do not fully understand the issues surrounding online safety and are often less experienced in the use of IT than their children. Staff at Risedale are available to help and support all parents so they are better equipped to understand these issues and are encouraged to contact the school directly if they have any concerns. Parents should be aware of the negative effects that too much 'screen-time' can have on the health of children and young people. Overuse of E-Technology can reduce the amount of time children are physically active, lessen the amount of sleep they are getting and could impact on their eyesight. A number of parental control systems and apps are available that can limit screen-time for children successfully.
If you require any further information on how to support your child with online safety please contact James Yates, our Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for safeguarding advice or our IT Support Team for any technical help you may need, both via our reception on 01748 833501.
The following website links provide supportive information for parents/carers enabling them to protect their children online by setting up parental controls and offer helpful advice about ways to talk to children promoting online safety. These resources will hopefully educate both pupils and parents on how to improve and maintain the safety of their online presence.