E-Safety and Safeguarding
"Pupils of all ages spoke confidently about keeping safe, particularly about how to stay safe when online." ISI Inspector, December 2017
Safeguarding and Internet Safety are taken very seriously at Hilden Oaks. All staff have a responsibility to help keep others safe and there are also specific responsibilities for nominated individuals. These Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are:
- Mrs K Joiner (Headmistress; DSL with ultimate lead responsibility)
- Mrs S Wade (Deputy Head; DSL with E-Safety responsibility)
- Miss C Titley(; Early Years DSL)
- Mrs S Forrest (Deputy Head of Early Years; Early Years DSL)
- Mr D Johnston and Mr J Makey (School E-Safety Officers)
- Mr C Swainson (Trustee responsible for Safeguarding and Online E-Safety)
The Prevent strategy is a government initiative that is designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorist or extremist causes, and it forms a mandatory element of our safeguarding policies and strategies.
All schools have a responsibility to ensure that this strategy is reflected in their teaching and learning in curriculum areas such as PSHEE, RE, SMSC and their teaching of Fundamental British Values.
As a school we are very aware of our responsibility to protect our pupils from the malign influence of those who would seek to promote extremist religious or political views of any nature, and to use those views as a justification for discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.
Within our teaching and learning we seek to promote values of respect, tolerance and individual liberty. Furthermore we teach and encourage practices that keep children safe on-line through any teaching that involves use of IT and access to the internet.
Hilden Oaks is an accredited Values-based Education school and these positive mindsets, attitudes and behaviours are integral to the culture of the school; they underpin everything that we do and help to ensure that our pupils’ academic, social and moral development is not compromised by any of the undesirable influences that might otherwise offer them a distorted view of the world.
Hilden Oaks Policy documents may be found here
There are many websites that provide information and help on e-Safety. Here is a selection of useful sites.
- BBC Online Safety Guide
- CBBC StaySafe - has excellent materials to use with your family
- CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- eSafety in Kent - information for families from Kent County Council. Their leaflet for primary age children is here: Children, ICT & e-Safety
- Google Family Safety Centre has tips and advice, including help on how to set up the Google safety tools.
- Hector's World - e-Safety materials on the theme of Hector the Dolphin. The Hector Safety Button, used at Hilden Oaks, can be downloaded free for home use here
- KELSI eSafety Information - Information from Kent Education Learning and Skills Information
- Kidsmart - has more materials for use with your family. We display their Be Smart Poster in our classrooms; perhaps it could be displayed near your home computer.
- Online Safety Helpine for Professionals
available to all professionals who work with children and young people
- Parental controls - How to set up the Parental Controls offered by your Internet Service Provider
Guides to BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media all in one place
- Safety Tools on social networks and other online services
A fantastic resource from th UK Safer Internet centre covering sites from ask.fm to TouTube via Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters.
- "Talk with your kids about being safe online" from Safekids.com
- ThinkUKnow contains materials for children of different age groups, for parents and for teachers.
- Vodafone Parents contains lots of useful information for parents on keeping their children safe online.