Online Safety and Safeguarding Statement
Educational settings have specific, statutory responsibilities to ensure and promote children’s safety and well-being; this also applies to the online environment. At Monkston Primary School, we recognise and fully understand our role in ensuring that all pupils and staff are given the necessary skills to become safe, responsible and confident online users. This also extends to parents through the notification of any online safety issues through the school newsletter and website. The Designated Online Safety Lead is Aimee Mills [Assistant Head].
Monkston Primary School adopts the key statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education published by the Department for Education in September 2016. The specific responsibilities, regarding online safety; include, but are not limited to:
As well as this, the Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) 2017 sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The specific responsibilities, regarding online safety; include, but are not limited to:
In line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance, leaders and managers at Monkston Primary School will ensure that they are aware of safe practice expectations and will proactively seek advice and support when developing online safety approaches for the pupils and other members of staff. As some online safety incidents could require child protection action or elements, the designated online safety lead will have an understanding of the school’s safeguarding procedures and has been trained to the level of deputy designated safeguarding lead.
For more information on the programme of online safety we teach at Monkston and the training of staff on the possibilities and risks of online abuse, please see our Safeguarding and Online Safety Policy below.