Staying Safe

We believe that teaching children to 'Stay Safe' is extremely important at Gainsborough and is interwoven into all areas of the curriculum. Download the file at the bottom of this page to see the assembly we had recently about all of the ways we keep safe at Gainsborough. 

 

Internet Safety

Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School recognises that electronic communications – via mobile phones, internet resources such as social networking sites, and email – play a significant role in the lives of children and young people. Their use, however, is not always safe.

Advice on Internet Safety for Children

Whilst many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems and tools to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable text, pictures and movies. Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet Explorer or other browsers with this in mind. Locating the computer in a family area where possible, not a bedroom will enable you to supervise your son or daughter as they use the Internet. Also consider mobile phones and games consoles and other devices that can access the internet. However, don’t deny them the opportunity to learn from and enjoy the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead discuss with them some simple rules for keeping safe online and making sure they understand their importance.

Simple rules for keeping your child safe

To keep your child safe they should:

  • ask permission before using the Internet and discuss what websites they are using
  • only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
  • only email people they know, (why not consider setting up an address book?)
  • ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet, (create a nick name)
  • never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number
  • never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet
  • never tell anyone what school they attend or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.

Go through these rules with your child and pin them up near to the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them. Create a dialogue and a relationship of mutual respect as far as the Internet is concerned.

Some useful websites

For further information go to:

CEOP: www.ceop.gov.uk

Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Childnet: www.childnet-int.org

When searching the Internet we recommend that you use one of the following child friendly search engines:

Ask Jeeves for kids:

www.askkids.com

Yahoo! Kids:

www.kids.yahoo.com

CBBC Search:

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/search

Kidsclick:

www.kidsclick.org

National Education Network:

www.nen.gov.uk/tandl

Road Safety

Whether your child is on their way to or from school or on a trip, here at Gainsborough we take your child’s safety seriously.

Children starting primary school need to be with an adult as they are not old enough to cross roads alone.  Always set a good example by choosing safe places to cross and explain what you are doing. Use the Green Cross Code and explain that you have to stop at the kerb, then look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing. When it is safe to cross, walk straight across the road and keep looking and listening for traffic. Remind children to concentrate – they may be easily distracted. Ensure that anyone else looking after your child follows the same road safety rules as you do.

School Crossing Patrol

The School Crossing Patrol Service ensures the safety of school children and adults crossing roads. Their role has never been more important than today and as the number of vehicles on the road increases, so does the danger for our children when crossing the roads.
To manage the crossing points, our School Crossing Patrol requires a combination of professional skills to manage the traffic, and personal skills to deal with children, drivers, parents and teachers.

This very important role also involves dealing with many day to day challenges including poor weather conditions, rude drivers and lively children.

‘Mrs T’ is our School Crossing Patrol lady, she will be outside of school every morning and every afternoon. Please give her a wave or a friendly hello but more importantly make sure that you cross the road with her, she is there to help you and make sure that you get to school or go home safely.

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