Keeping Safe

At Forefield Junior School, we are all working together to create a safe, secure and happy environment where children are able to reach their full potential.

Designated Teachers

Mrs Russell

Mrs Russell

As Designated Teacher for Safeguarding, Mrs Russell is the person to talk to if you have a worry or concern.
Miss Smith

Miss Smith
Safeguarding (Deputy)

Miss Smith is another person to talk to about safety issues, especially when Mrs Russell is unavailable.
Miss Morgan

Mrs Brook

Miss Morgan is available to offer help and advice about staying safe online.

Online Safety
Ten Top Tips

At Forefield, we work very hard to promote good behaviour. However, it’s not just the real world we have to worry about these days, but also the virtual one. With the Internet now a major part of almost everyone’s lives, using it responsibly is just as important as using it safely. This is particularly important when it comes to online communication - and doubly so when children are involved - which is why Internet Safety is embedded into our Computing curriculum for the whole school.

it is also important for parents to encourage their children to be good digital citizens and to ensure that they are kept safe online. Please reinforce these ten top tips with your children.

Tip 1: Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Nobody likes being on the receiving end of bad-mannered behaviour or unkind remarks. If you don’t like having rude comments made about you, then there’s no reason to assume anyone else does – so don’t treat them that way.

Tip 2: If you wouldn’t say it in person, don’t say it online.
It’s easy to be rude to someone when you’re hiding behind a screen name, but would you behave in the same way if you were face-to-face with the other person?

Tip 3: Don’t make a situation worse by provoking people.
An innocent comment can be taken the wrong way online. So, if someone gets angry about something you’ve said, for reasons you don’t understand, try not to get angry with them in return. Simply apologising for not being clearer usually calms things down – but be prepared to just step away from the keyboard if the other person doesn’t seem to understand.

Tip 4: Don’t start rumours or spread gossip about someone online.
Information can spread very quickly online, which means gossip and rumours can soon get out of hand. If nothing else, remember that anything you say online can often be easily traced back to you.

Tip 5: Don’t make fun of someone in an online chat.
You have no idea how someone on the other side of a computer screen might be feeling, or if they understand that you’re joking. So anything you say could be seen as bullying — even if that’s the opposite of what you intended.

Tip 6: Post things that will inspire and motivate people.
Everyone likes to be told good things about themselves, so try to say something positive about the things other people do and say online, rather than something negative.

Tip 7: Don’t create a negative environment with name-calling.
It’s easy to mock someone when they’re not as good at an online game as you but that usually just encourages other players to do the same. Even if you’re not being serious about it, it can still make someone feel like they’re being bullied, so try not to do it.

Tip 8: Don’t leave people out on purpose.
You probably wouldn’t like it if your friends arranged to do something together in real life without telling you and it’s no different on the internet. So don’t miss anyone out of your online plans on purpose — it can hurt their feelings.

Tip 9: Remember that anything posted online usually can’t be deleted.
One good way to decide if you should share something online is to think how you’d feel if your mum or dad saw it too — no matter how old you are. After all, if it’s online, it’s there for everyone to see. Even deleted messages leave a digital footprint.

Tip 10: Respect other people’s privacy.
Sharing something secret online about someone is as bad as it gets. Not only have you broken their trust in you but you’ve potentially told the world about it.

At home, children should be shown how to use privacy controls for online communication sites, photo sites and blogs, and messages should be run by an adult before posting. And remember, most importantly, in their terms and conditions, you have to be aged thirteen or over to have an Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or many other social media accounts.

Our Online Safety page provides links to a range of information and resources for both children and parents, offering helpful and easy to understand advice to guide you safely through the Internet.


Keeping safe online