Behaviour at School and Online
Behaviour at school
At Selwyn we aim to deliver a behaviour policy that is simple, highly effective and utterly consistent. Our Behaviour Policy describes in more detail how our adults react to and acknowledge outstanding behaviour, intervene and correct inappropriate behaviour, and structure restorative conversations and consequences that help children understand the impact of their behaviour and develop their ability to make appropriate choices.
We aim to create a consistent approach that will empower our adults to support behaviour and as a result develop an environment where children can feel happy, safe and secure. We work in caring communities, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. Our Behaviour Policy is therefore designed so that every member of the school community will feel valued and respected, and each person will be treated fairly. Our Antibullying Policy outlines how any incidents of bullying are dealt with at our school.
Online safety – supporting appropriate behaviour online
Behaviour online, both whilst at school and at home, is an increasingly important area where we need to work together with parents to ensure that our children are able to use the internet safely.
On enrolling at Portway, all parents sign an Acceptable Use Policy. This document ensures that children understand the way in which we expect them to behave when using ICT resources at school.
Online bullying (often called cyberbullying) is also something that we ensure that all parents and children are aware of. The most recent DfE guidance – Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying – helps parents to protect their children from cyberbullying, and provides advice on how to tackle it if it happens.
Online safety at home
As a school your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us. We also accept that a large majority of children in key stage 2 are using the internet at home, including accessing programmes that can be dangerous if not used in the correct way. As a school it is our duty to ensure that children and their families are using the internet safely and understand how to monitor its use.
If your child has access to the internet at home do you know…
What your child is doing when using the computer? The dangers of using a chat site or email account? How old a child must be to have a Facebook account? How to monitor your child’s use of the internet?
If you answered no or are unsure about any of the above questions we can help! Please speak to the School Office for further information. Childnet International is another useful site; the UK Safer Internet Centre also has a number of useful resources that we recommend.
Online safety tips and links for parents
1. Support your children at home – Check you know what they are doing on the computer, especially chat rooms and games played with others online. Ask who their “friends” are. Get them to teach you about how things work.
2. Support the school – Sign the Acceptable Use Policy and take an active interest in what your children are doing in ICT at school.
3. Support their learning – It helps to keep the computer in a family room not tucked away in a child’s bedroom. Help your children to use the Internet for home work and leisure interests.
4. Agree some family rules – How long to stay playing computer games, where to keep the mobile phones, which websites can be used….