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Online Safety

If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online, you can contact CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors directly by clicking the link below:

Online Safety at Pevensey and Westham

If you have an Online Safety concern, please contact Mrs Delaney via the school office.

At Pevensey and Westham we welcome and encourage the use of new technologies. We use them, when appropriate, to support children in enhancing their work.  We recognise our responsibility to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risks of harm to children’s welfare. If there are concerns about young people’s welfare, we take appropriate action.

Our Computing and RSHE Life Skills lessons support our teaching of online safety. We teach all year groups, in an age appropriate way, the knowledge and skills they require to stay safe online.

The School Council have developed Online Safety Agreements which are shared and adopted by the children in class:

Children at PaWS learn to keep themselves safe online by considering online risks related to:

  • content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful content.
  • contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
  • conduct: personal online behaviour which woul;d impact on their digital footprint and that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.  
  • commerce: risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising, phishing and or financial scam
Pupils use of social media

As a school, we strongly encourage parents not to allow their primary aged children access to social media accounts - most of which have a 13+ age restriction.  To create an account children will need to have given false information about their age.  Many of these sites leave children potentially exposed to concerning and highly inappropriate content as well as to being contacted by strangers who may not have your child’s best interests at heart.  Children make mistakes which is perfectly normal.  Mistakes made on line can have a long term impact, including on a child’s digital footprint.  Please read the guides below for further information.

Parental Support

The internet is a valuable resource which allows children to connect, communicate and be creative. However, the internet is always changing.

Therefore, being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. Many parents feel that their child has better technical skills than they do. Children still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. 

Below are some resources to support with talking about online safety at home:
Setting up parental controls
NSPCC
Internet Matters
Childnet

The following links offer further guidance on specific websites, APPS, platforms and games:

Squid Game

Pokemon Go

New Devices

Omegle

ROBLOX

Fortnite

Twitter

Instagram

TikTok

Twitch

LiveME

The APP Store

Kik

Apex Legends

WhatsApp

Sadfishing

Snapchat