Safe Use of the Internet at School
"The KPSN (Schools Broadband) enforces filtering on all clients connected to the network. Filtering is enforced by a firewall policy which only permits HTTP traffic from the content engines at each WAN centre. HTTP traffic is intercepted using WCCP on the core switches, and is then filtered by the content engines which seek a yes or no response from Websense servers at the core. Any client connected to the KPSN can access the internet without the need for proxy settings and will still be filtered by these core servers."
"Primary students: this policy has been configured with primary aged children in mind and has been applied to all primary school curriculum IP ranges."
This statement is taken from the Education IT Services (EIS) website - KPSN (Schools Broadband) section on web filtering.
E-Safety use during Coronavirus home learning - updated April 2020
During the enforced lockdown the children will be using ICT even more often than normal for their home learning.
As such we would like to highlight several areas that you as parents/guardians should be aware of:
Online safety guide
When it comes to using ICT the free government website Internet matters.org has some excellent resources. The following page has a comprehensive guide to keeping children safe on the internet.
Safe filtering and controlling access
One of the first way to ensure your child is safe when using the internet is to ensure your safety settings/filtering are being used. Here is a comprehensive list of step by step instructions for the majority of web capable devices.
Whilst the usage of computers and tablets has obvious advantages, the amount of time spent on screens needs to be balanced.
Age rating on apps and games
Lastly when allowing your child to use electronic, consideration for the age ratings should be adhered to. Any app that allows user created content is less regulated and therefore is not content controlled. Further information on age rating of apps can be found here.
E Safety Days
Throughout the year we will inform parents of any new trends that we believe they should be made aware of. This term we have made parents aware via letters about two dangerous internet concerns - 'Tick Tock' and 'MoMo'. We have also held an assembly to make our children aware and advised them what they must do if they are concerned.
Please click here for a link to the CBBC website for some informative videos on e-safety. These are shown to the children in our e-safety lessons/assemblies.
Click here for a link to the 'Think you Know' website for activities and information for 8-10 year old children.
Here are some other useful links: