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Technology is a fantastic thing! and access to information as well as resources and games on the internet is something that we can  use to our advantage to support learning. However it does not come without its difficulties and it is vitally important to make sure that when our children access things online, we do everything we need to keep them safe.

 

 

Online safety at South Normanton Nursery School

 

At South Normanton Nursery School online safety is covered across different areas of the EYFS curriculum particularly in the technology part of 'Understanding the World' but especially in 'Personal, Emotional and Social Development'.

 

We use stories, songs, displays and everyday conversations to support the children’s understanding of how to access information to support their learning and to keep safe online which is so important, even at this very early age. This is done through discreet teaching throughout the year, but also incidentally, when questions and discussions arise.

 

We ensure that we do not underestimate the power of technology and also the difficulties that come with it just because of the age of our children in our school. We make it our business to support the whole school community as we prepare our children to become excellent digital citizens of the future. We are not afraid of advancing technologies and embrace them with confidence and security in the knowledge that we model the use of them safely and responsibly.

 

 

Online safety at South Normanton Nursery School

 

We use the following resources to promote Online safety:

  • Digi Duck’s Big decision - This is a story of friendship and responsibility online
  • The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin – a story about making decisions when using the internet
  • An online safety song (Think before you click and tell a grown up)
  • Displaying e-safety information in our Nursery in a purposeful way
  • Discussions about permission to access and look at their photos when using Tapestry with the children
  • Celebrating internet safety each year on Internet Safety Day
  • A visit from a local police officer – ensuring they talk about staying safe online in line with our curriculum
  • Videos and information for the Think You Know and National Online Safety websites to support 
  • Circle time content relating to

                   *what technology is being used at home

                   *what do these types of technology do

                   *who helps us

                   *what is right and what is wrong

                   *sharing information

                   *how do we retrieve information from the internet

                   *what types of ‘games’ or apps do we use on the internet

 

The above resources are used throughout the year. The use and timing of them are considered in relation to the groups of children that are in our Nursery. We ensure that we follow the guidance in our online safety and AUP policy and react to an online incident appropriately using the resources above.

 

We recognise that technology is evolving all the time and that the dangers are in turn also evolving. As a result of this recognition we ensure that we:

  • Offer online safety awareness workshops and sessions for parents, governors and families and the local community (the latest parents session is available as a link below)
  • Regular social media links from National Online Safety.com (Wake Up Wednesdays) to support families to understand and manage online risks
  • Provide updated training and guidance for all staff and governors relating to online safety as part of our safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures and reporting  and acting on incidents
  • Monitor and review online safety teaching and learning regularly
  • Gather feedback relating to the e-safety needs of our families and the local community
  • Review our policies and procedures with governors relating to safeguarding and child protection and the use of technology each year and sooner if guidance and the law changes.
  • Work with Derbyshire County Council and the Derby and Derbyshire Children Safeguarding Partnership to keep up to date with changes and new initiatives
  • Keep our website up to date to support children, parents and the local community with their online safety needs.
  • Allocate online safety to a specific governor to monitor

 

 

If you have any concerns or worries or want more information regarding online safety, come and see us at Nursery.

 

Click on the links below to view more information about keeping you and your children safe online.

(We are not responsible for the content in the sites below)

National Online Safety guidance - a fantastic source of information and support about staying safe online for all the family

Parental controls guide

E-Safety Information for Parents Session

Wayne Denner - YouTube social networking advice including YouTube restricting, OOvoo, Tinder and Snapchat information

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