Ms Karen Turnbull is our Online Safety Lead. She works closely with our online safety team who meet half-termly.
Members of the team are:
- Ms Karen Turnbull - Online safety lead
- Ms Mandie Huggett - Safeguarding coordinator
- Mr Mark Lithgow - Online safety governor
- Miss Claire Joyce - Headteacher
Please click here to view our Online Safety Policy.
As new online opportunities have emerged, and challenges for learners have increased, we recognise the importance of delivering an engaging and relevant online safety curriculum for our pupils.
At Beech Grove, we make sure online safety is embedded across our curriculum. We also have whole school online safety assemblies and half-termly online safety lessons.
We use the 'Active Bytes' programme to teach children about online safety. Active Bytes focuses on active learning and using pupils' experiences to teach online safety. This ensures the curriculum is relevant to our pupils and values the knowledge and experience they bring to this subject.
Beech Grove children are incredibly knowledgeable about how to keep themselves safe online and when using mobile and gaming technologies.
Active Bytes gives pupils and staff a shared language about online safety. In all year groups, there is a focus on 'building habits when I use technology'. Posters are displayed in all classes to explain the key habits that support safe online use. These behaviours are built around three overarching habits:
- I am kind and responsible
- I am safe and secure
- I am healthy
'E-cadets' is a multi-award winning online safety education scheme which empowers a team of pupils to work with all pupils at the school, to develop their understanding about how to stay safe online. At Beech Grove, our E-Cadets:
- advise fellow pupils on how to protect themselves when browsing the internet, using social media on smart phones and tablets, or playing online games.
- meet twice per term with the online safety lead
- complete termly challenges relating to online safety
- keep everybody up to date with latest information and challenges.
Keeping your family safe
We recognise how important it is that we work closely with parents to ensure the messages children receive about online safety are consistent.
It is important that parents regularly speak to their children about how they can keep themselves safe and how to behave responsibly online.
Please remember the importance of monitoring what your child does online, including on mobile phones, tablets and when gaming, and of talking to them about what to do if anything inappropriate happens. If you have any questions, please talk to your child's class teacher, or ask your child!
There are a number of excellent websites with lots of information for children and parents:
At Beech Grove we use the '360 degree safe' tool, which is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. The review involves conducting an in-depth audit of each aspect of online safety, to identify what is working well at the school and how practice can be further developed. Using this information, a detailed action plan is produced which the online safety team is responsible for implementing and monitoring.
Other useful links
Ask About Games - Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls
Get Safe Online - Advice and guidance on Safety online
Vodaphone Safety - Advice from Vodaphone
CBBC Safe search – Excellent Child friendly Search engine for Primary Schools
All about Explorers - Teaching children to evaluate reliability of online information.
That's Not Cool - advice on digital relations for KS2/3/4