E-Safety

 

What is e-safety?


Ofsted describes e-safety as a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.

At Palmerston we take E-safety very seriously.  E Safety is on-going, above are just a few photographs of recent projects we are currently working on.  Teaching our pupils to be SAFE! online!

The Palmerston Approach

Pupils at Palmerston school have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment.  The use of digital technology has been completely normalised and integrated into their daily lives.

Young people are increasingly referred to as ‘digital natives’ who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the risks and dangers is usually very low.

Young people need to keep themselves safe.  Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning new life skills.

As a parent and a teacher, I often wonder if parents/guardians know how to keep their children safe? Do their children know how to keep safe? At Palmerston School we are committed to teaching these serious issues as part of e-safety.  Examples of how we promote this, includes, e-safety pupil questionnaires, having our very own Palmerston smart crew.  We promote safe practice, and ensure our policies are updated and regularly refresh staff.

Palmerston school  have signed up to the 360 degree E safety self review tool. For more information about this and how it is implemented, click on the link below

http://www.360safe.org.uk/About-the-Tool

KS4 made a video highlighting being safe online.  "Do you know who you are talking to ?"

Watch the video below.

Contributed by Julie Keel (ICT COORDINATOR)

iPods & iPads

At Palmerston School we have access to Apple devices. Each class has the use of an iPod and an iPad with some pupils having their own device, provided by school to enhance their learning and support their communication needs.

I have recently attended a variety of training courses and have since shared information with the whole school team on how we can use the devices to support learning, to have fun, share activities with friends, tips for easy use, appropriate Apps and also troubleshooting..

The devices are used daily to support pupils learning in the classroom and in the wider community too, offering fun and sometimes challenging activities. We are now using a variety of Communication Apps to support our pupils’ day to day lives, a team of staff ‘manage’ the devices.

Staff are confident in the use of the equipment and pupils take pride in their devices.

We use a variety of Apps to enhance learning, from simply taking photos or using cause and effect, to supporting phonic work or even playing the guitar.

Lou Swift