Myrtle Park is an aged 3-11 primary school, based in Bingley, West Yorkshire. In 2007, they were given an Outstanding rating by Ofsted, and the school aims to develop young children academically, physically and socially.
Myrtle Park are customers of Smoothwall and share our vision of keeping children safe online. This year, children from years 5 and 6 were selected to take part in a Digital Leaders programme, which has seen them take part in various initiatives, including reviewing products and software to be used by the school, delivering an eSafety assembly, and attended various events in the Bradford District Network to educate on the safe use of the internet in schools.
In December, Myrtle Park Primary School approached Smoothwall with a plea; to sponsor the Digital Leaders to attend the Bett show in January, allowing them to present to visitors, including other teachers and pupils, about their eSafety initiatives. Smoothwall were pleased to support such a positive movement, and 11 pupils plus parents and teachers made their way to London for the show.
On Friday 22nd March, John Redding, Year 5 Teacher and eSafeguarding Coordinator from Myrtle Park, along with the children, presented on the Smoothwall stand about their eSafety strategy and policies.
Myrtle Park use Digiducks Big Decision, an eSafety resource for children created by Childnet, as a way of discouraging young children from posting negative content online. The book tells the tale of Digiduck, who needs help making a difficult decision when it comes to sharing a picture on the internet. The pupils of Myrtle Park Primary School have shared Digiducks Big Decision with the rest of their school and are now promoting the use of the free resource to other pupils.
We’re proud to see a school taking such a proactive approach to eSafety, which is at the heart of what we do at Smoothwall.
What do you do to encourage the safe use of the internet in your school? We’d love to know!