Online Safety at Channing
As a school that places digital technology at the forefront of our students’ learning experience and as early adopters across the age ranges, we place huge importance on ensuring that everyone at Channing remains safe when using any kind of digital device.
Our belief in the power of digital technology to enhance learning and understanding means that all students utilise digital devices such as iPads, chromebooks and laptops on a daily basis, all of which are part of the school’s digital management platform. This allows our ICT Support Team to monitor the activity of all users, and provide support and interventions as appropriate. However, whilst regulation of ICT use and technical solutions are very important, their use must be balanced by educating pupils to take a responsible approach. The education of students in online safety is therefore an essential part of the school’s online safety provision. Children and young people need the help and support of the school to recognise and avoid online safety risks and build their resilience.
The school’s Online Safety Officer (Mr Grossman) works closely with the safeguarding leads at both the Junior School (Miss Hamalis) and the Senior School (Mr Underwood), as well as the Junior School’s Computing Co-ordinator (Miss Frost), ICT Support Staff, and pastoral leaders across the school to ensure a consistent and proactive approach to protecting and educating our young people. In addition personalised, age-appropriate programmes and procedures are in place at the Junior and Senior Schools, further details of which can be found below.
At the Junior School, we run a successful session on Online Safety, ICT and Young Learners for parents of girls in Key Stage 2. Please use the following links and information to find out more about enabling your family to enjoy a confident, smart and safe online life.
Some useful websites include:
Students are issued with their own iPads upon joining Year 7. Within the first week of joining the Senior School and receiving their devices, all students are given extensive, tailored in-house training focusing on safe and effective digital use. This includes:
- An explanation of the school’s digital management platform and the monitoring that takes place
- An explanation of the restrictions on the iPads and the rationale for these decisions
- Clear guidance on how to access support and who to speak with if they encounter something that makes them feel uncomfortable, upset, or unsafe
- Clear guidance on expectations for safe and sensible use, including the reading of our School iPad Acceptable Use Protocol and our School Online Safety Protocol, followed by students all signing our Student Digital Technology Acceptable Use Agreement
Following this introduction, students in all year groups continue to receive regular support, guidance and training. The PSHE curriculum for each year group includes a module entitled Life Online that looks at a spectrum of issues related to online safety including:
- password and personal information protection
- screen time addiction
- online grooming
- gaming and gambling
- online image and self-esteem
- digital footprints
- appropriate sources of news
- online scams
The Life Online modules are designed specifically for students at Channing, and are delivered at the age appropriate time to ensure our young people are fully prepared if and when they do have to encounter these situations. These lessons are also supplemented by assemblies, form time activities and discussions, visiting speakers, and campaigns produced and delivered by our team of student digital leaders.
For more information on how you can help your child remain safe online, please visit the below websites:
Parent Zone – an online organisation that seeks to ensure children will be safer online by providing parents with information on the latest online trends and risks.
Net Aware – an online guide produced by the NSPCC that allows parents to quickly and easily search for information on the latest games, apps and social media sites.
Digital Awareness UK – a leading digital wellbeing organisation who are on the ground in schools and work with corporations around the world to support families and young people with their online journeys.
UK Safer Internet Centre – a centrally funded partnership that promotes the safe and responsible use of technology for young people, and provides up to date information and resources, as well as a helpline for advice and a hotline for reporting inappropriate material.
Think You Know – an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command, that uses the latest intelligence from the Police to create educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans that help parents and professionals raise young people’s awareness.