Safeguarding children online is very important in the digital age we live in. Please look at the links and guides below. Contact school if you have any concerns you would like advice on.
Safeguarding team: Stephanie Nagy, Nicola Cryer and Tracy Bunko. 01977 613423.
Online Teaching and Learning Policy: Coronavirus Covid-19 arrangements
Latest Government guidance for parents on safety online. Click here.
This information outlines the expectations for temporary remote studying for pupils as a result of the fact that the school has had to temporarily suspend its face-to-face learning to remote working in light of Government guidance for Schools on the Coronavirus.
Guidance for all parents and pupils
The school is endeavouring to maintain a “business as usual approach” to ensure that all our pupils have every opportunity to successfully complete their education.
Oakfield Park will ensure regular learning is uploaded to the Parent Portal or emailed during term time. These activities will be differentiated to ensure all learning paths are challenged. These activities will include broad range of tasks and meet the needs of the different areas of the curriculum: Communication, Cognition and Independence (EHCP outcomes).
Parents are encouraged to lead the activities, support their children and share the children’s learning and success via the parent portal.
Where possible teachers will celebrate children’s achievements via email and social media.
These are suggestions to help you with remote learning and your health and wellbeing.
Create a Space for Work:
Where possible try to create a space for learning that is quiet and away from distractions.
Morning and Daily Routines:
Continue your usual routines as if you are going to school, from your breakfast to shower and dressing routines.
Structure and Schedule your Day:
Organise your learning and your goals for the day. This will help you manage your time. Make sure you understand the targets you are working towards and celebrate the children’s achievements.
The Great Outdoors and Breaks:
Schedule in small breaks throughout the day and a lunchtime. Move about during the day as you would if you were at school and try to get some fresh air (morning workout, morning break time, lunchtime, yoga sessions, afternoon break time).
Communication and Connecting:
Remote learning can feel quite isolating at times, so stay in regular touch with your teachers, friends and family. Great ways to stay in contact with friends and family include; phone calls, TEAMS video calls, writing emails etc.
Please refer to our guidance on staying safe online. Please report any concerns to the school.
Nicola Cryer Jan 2021
- Parental Controls
- Free Online E-Safety for Parents Course which creates awareness of online threats. Includes free guides on how to set up Parental Controls for your devices.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Autumn 2015 saw the release of this excellent new website. It was developed out of a partnership between CEOP and The Parent Zone and contains lots of good eSafety advice.
- Teach kids online security basics
- Safer Internet Org
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk/ – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
- www.myresearchpapers.com – Here you will find writing tips, advice and resources to help young people write school essays without efforts.
- www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.
- www.chatdanger.com/ – This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
- http://parents.vodafone.com/ – Being very accessible, this provides information and guidance to parents to help under the digital world. There is also an online test to see how much you know.
- www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.
- www.digizen.org – A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
Staff - Keeping Safe Online While Working from Home
Do not use personal devices (where possible) to do school work.
Be aware of your surroundings. Make sure nobody can see over your shoulder.
Try not to write down passwords. This can be difficult with the amount of passwords we are expected to remember but just think about what would happen if you lost that paper and somebody found it.
Always use your work email for school related business. Do not email documents that contain sensitive information. If you need to; Always password protect these type of documents, send the file in one email and then email the password in a separate email.
Never share your passwords, even with other staff.
If you are sent a photo or video containing a child or children make sure you delete it and report on school pod.
If you need to contact a family never use your personal email address and never give them your personal phone number. If you need to call them whilst at home make sure you withhold your number by dialling
141 before their phone number.
If you are using a school device at home be careful what websites you access. Think about what would happen if your Internet history popped up on the whiteboard when you come back to work.
Do not talk about or discuss work specifics on social media, including what's app. Keep to phone calls.
10. When sending an email only click Reply-All if you are certain everyone in the email chain needs to see your reply and double, or triple, check that you are sending your email to correct person.
Nicola Cryer 2021
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