Slade Primary School in Erdington has won the SCC Internet Safety Award for internet safety and their work through their ‘E-safety ambassador’ scheme.
The school has been working on promoting safer use of the internet on a day to day basis.
The program has been in development since the school identified, after developing its computing curriculum, that online safety was in need of development across the schools.
“E-safety is a really important area that is more often than not overlooked” said Jenna Gilfeather, the project’s co-ordinator within the school “More often than not, parents buy their children a piece of technology like a tablet and have no idea how to limit and protect what their children see, so our aim is to educate the children to protect themselves”.
The project focused on training a team of ‘pupil online safety ambassadors’ to support pupils on a day-to-day basis.
Being an e-safety advisor means that they would tackle any safety concerns and promote safer use of the internet daily. Not only are the ambassadors encouraged to share their expert knowledge with the school during special safety themed assemblies but also parent workshops as well.
“Putting children in charge of their own safety sounds like a risky move, but it’s giving them self-confidence and active training that school should all be about” stated Kelly Griffiths the Awards Organiser, when asked why Slade was chosen. “The fact the school knows and admits that the children are the ones who know the best over parents and adults, when it comes to matters of technology, shows the forward thinking nature that we love to see at the awards.”