Online safety is of paramount importance at St. Mary’s. All staff are trained in necessary Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures, including recognising the potential risks that modern technology can present to our pupils and the responsibility we hold to educate them about accessing modern technology safely.
Pupils at St. Mary’s benefit from ongoing learning about using technology responsibly, but have also experienced expertly led online safety lessons provided by a leading child protection company www.ecplimited.com.
Partnerships with parents around online safety education is crucial; we invite parents and carers to attend online safety workshops to help advise on the best ways to safeguard their children. We have also worked directly with Barnet’s Prevent Officer who has delivered workshops to parents and to Y5 and Y6 pupils.
Comments from children about Online Safety Workshops:
‘We found out new information which will help us keep safe… Ashley reminded us about things we have learnt before but forgotten… We found out how massive the world wide web is and how many people we are playing games with or watching videos with… He made us think of stranger danger-if you wouldn’t talk to someone in the park, then why would you talk to them on your computer…? We need to remember that when we are on the computer we are still in the real world… We learnt that not everyone follows the golden rules and people aren’t always honest or good… We can take control-we shouldn’t let people upset us-we are all responsible for our own actions.’
For further advice and tips on Online Safety, click on the following links.