Children are not permitted to have a mobile phone at school. If it is vital to their safety walking to or from school in Year 6, it must be brought to the office (turned off) at the start of the school day where it is kept until the end of the day (at the owner’s risk). Children bringing phones to school must write their mobile number on the individual phone storage bag provided which will be used for monitoring only.
Phones must be switched off (not silenced or muted) as children enter the school gate. If they are seen using their phone on school grounds it will be confiscated by Mrs Curtis for 24 hours and parents will be informed. Your child will also lose the privilege of bringing a phone to school in future.
All visitors must leave their phones at the school office on arrival. Turning phones off is not enough as they can be turned on again. Phones are permitted during exhibitions and at school performances as staff are present to safeguard children and we trust parents to not share images of other children as we always have. During Parents Evening Meetings, Fayres and the like, children are the responsibility of their parents and so turned off phones are permitted with adults.
For talks/events when there are children on site e.g. SATs talks, phones are not permitted as visitors may leave the room and staff are not here to monitor activities.
Staff are not subject to this as they have been trained and are monitored to not use their phones during school hours.
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The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission - to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.
They have published a range of guides for Children, Adults and Teaching Staff
With the support of their industry partners and the help of leading child online safety experts, Internet Matters are able to offer you advice and information available on tackling online safety issues. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time or an old hand, their website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe.
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online. Talk to your child about the importance of creating a safe online environment, including keeping any log-in details and passwords safe.
These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Safer Internet Day 2022 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
More details at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/