Online Safety

E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications.

At Epinay School we take on line safety extremely seriously.

As a school, we appreciate the need to educate pupils and young adults about the benefits and risks of using technology. W e need to safeguard our staff, pupils and young adults and raise awareness for all users to enable them to control their online experiences.

The Schools’ E-Safety Policy reflects the need to raise awareness of the safety issues associated with electronic communications as a whole.

Our E-Safety provision includes:

  • Responsible ICT use by all staff, pupils and young adults;
  • Education of all staff, pupils, young adults, governors and parents;
  • Implementation of e-safety policy.
  • Safe and secure internet provision and monitoring.

Our E-Safety Policy was developed in partnership with the strategic ICT team from South Tyneside.

  • E-Safety Teacher: A. Robson
  • Safeguarding DSL: L.Murphy
  • E-Safety Admin: F. Mcmonies
  • E-Safety Governor: A.Huntley

E-Safety and other Policies can be found on the school website or copies can be requested via the school office.

Epinay School Policies

All E-Safety updates are posted on Epinay School’s social media sites (Facebook and Twitter)

The following websites also provide excellent advice and guidance for parents/carers:

The NSPCC in connection with O2 have very useful website called net-aware that allows you to search for an app or game and it will provide you with information about the app and any associated dangers. You can then make an informed decision of whether or not that app or game is appropriate for your child. The website also contains useful information about general online safety.

The NSPCC also provide a guide to parents on a variety of safeguarding topics, including how to have conversations about online safety, what to do if your child has been exposed to inappropriate or adult material online and who to contact for help if needed.

The websites above are really useful for supporting your child, but it can be difficult to stay on top of emerging risks. If you want to stay on top of all the emerging trends then you can follow the Ineqe Safeguarding groups blog, where they post safeguarding alerts on a regular basis as new threats are found. You can subscribe for email alerts and they’ll let you know when there is an issue. Information is presented in a non-sensational, and factual manner allowing you to make informed choices about the dangers and risks presented by any emerging threats. This information can also be accessed by the safer school’s app – we recommend parent/carers consider installing this.