November 19th 2013
As the number of young people in general and our children in particular with mobile phones increases, we are becoming increasingly aware of the power and the sophistication of the technology at their disposal. As with all technology, increased sophistication equates to increased risk, and most mobile phones now expose pupils to all the dangers associated with the internet.
As we regard the safety of our pupils as our first priority, we have looked for ways to ensure that, while children benefit from modern technology, any associated risks are minimised. To this end we have invited the Local Authority’s e-safety advisor to come and speak to the children about the risks and potential dangers associated with online communities and mobile phone use. He will also be providing advice and guidelines to help your child stay safe. She will deliver a 1 hour session to each of the classes in Years 5 & 6 later on this term.
In order to ensure that parents also have the skills and awareness that they require to keep their child safe, we have purchased access to online e-safety training for all of our Year 5 and 6 parents. This is specialist training, specifically designed for parents and will directly support the work of the school in keeping your child safe.
THE COURSE IS COMPLETELY FREE TO BUSHEY MANOR PARENTS.
As part of the same initiative, staff will receive similar training.
The online e-Safety Course for parents complies with the new OFSTED guidance that schools should take a community wide approach to e-Safety. The course takes about an hour and can be paused, stopped and started at any time, the system returning you to where you left off. You must achieve 70% in the final assessment to pass but parents are allowed free retakes. However, to maintain the quality of the course the assessments are different every time. However, from the point of view of your child’s safety, the real value of the course is in its content, rather than in the awarding of a certificate on completion, although each successful participant will receive a personalised and portable certificate which is valid for 2 years.
As the school is already registered, parents need only access the link below to begin the course.
When you access the link, you will be asked to register your name, your child’s name and an email address. You will then be able to launch straight into the course. The system will automatically send you your login details in case you need to revisit the course to finish it or refresh your training at a later date.
We have looked at the materials at school and we are confident that they will support parents in keeping their children safe. However, I would be really grateful for any feedback from parents once they have accessed the materials.
Should you wish to discuss this further or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.