Wellbeing and Online Safety

Online Safety – School based learning

Your child’s safety is of great importance in all aspects of their lives, both in the real and in the electronic world. Our children are surrounded by connected devices that allow access to email, Internet, SMS and much more. These are fabulous technologies. They can also present dangers.

At Harewood, we teach pupils about safe practice on the Internet. This includes information on safe searching, strangers online, using mobile phones, sharing personal information, email, webcams, gaming, chatrooms and message boards, cyber-bullying, social networking sites, video hosting sites, gaming sites and consoles.

Children learn about e-safety in all classes. Effective communication with parents is key. We use filtering systems in school and all computers are sited in publicly accessible areas. If you want to view some of the materials we will be using in school please visit the following websites:

These sites have sections for parents, teachers and children and many links to other useful resources. All the information you need is there. If you are unable to access these materials, or have any questions at all, please see your child’s class teacher.

Other useful websites are:

Safeguarding Children’s online use at home

The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. While it is important not to obstruct them from developing skills from using these devices, it is essential that parents support their children in navigating the online world.

Some of the issues related to primary pupils using the internet are:

  • accessing inappropriate content on the internet using ‘mature’ social networking sites, such as Facebook, and connecting with individuals they don’t know
  • being cyberbullied by others on the internet
  • using technology appropriately, eg webcams and cameras on mobile devices
  • sharing personal information with others they don’t know on the internet
  • playing video games with adult rating, eg Call of Duty

If you feel that your child is being groomed or abused online, then use the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s reporting form:

http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS THAT PRIMARY-AGED CHILDREN CAN SPEAK TO A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IF THEY FEEL WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING RELATED TO THE INTERNET.

For further information about family filtering for home broadband https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/Tools/Parental-controls/

The resources on this page are to help pupils and parents to understand the risks and how to make devices safer to use.

For Pupils

Early Years and Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1:
Key Stage 2

For Parents

Squid Game

It has been brought to the attention of many schools in the Leeds area that primary school children have been discussing and acting out scenes from the Netflix series Squid Game. This series has a certificate of 15 and therefore is classed as not suitable for Primary Age children. The link below gives advice and information to families about the series and other internet safety issues.

Squid Game – Information for Parents

 

If you have any other queries or need and further support, please contact the eSafeguarding co-ordinator: Mr Ratcliffe.

 

 

 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

At Harewood we take the wellbeing of our community very seriously. Our PSHE curriculum teaches specific modules on mental health and we have whole school projects like ‘Feel Good Friday’ where awareness of wellbeing is promoted.

Our caring school community and ethos helps us to look after each other but there are times when professional intervention is needed. We work closely with professionals form our cluster of schools to provide individual and family support where needed. If you feel you need more information on this service please contact school.

MindMate Champions

Harewood Primary has been validated as a MindMate friendly school. MindMate is a Leeds-based organization for young people, their families and the professionals who support them. They are there to help explore emotional wellbeing and mental health issues and offer information about where support is available. Details of the services they offer are available on their website.

Government Mental Health Resources

Please click on the picture link to access the resources.

 

 

 

The NSPCC have put together a bank of resources to support families and children during the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Information for parents/carers can be found on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers page.  This includes:

 

SMSC

(Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development)

To see more on our work to support our children being active members of a future society, please take a look at our SMSC page.