E-Safety is an integral part of children's education in today's digital world and it is embedded in their learning at school. Technology and the way in which our children engage with the internet is changing rapidly and we need to equip our young people for the changing demands that new technology brings. Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Oak Tree Primary School. We teach our children how to use the internet safely and responsibly through our Computing lessons, PSHE lessons, circle times, assemblies and themed weeks.
As part of your child's curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. However because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child to sign an 'Acceptable Use Agreement' so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. We have also created an 'Online Safety Book for Children' which the teachers share regularly with the children. They are also kept in the classrooms where the children can access them.