Keeping Safe Online
We know that being online is an integral part of our lives and opens up so many positive experiences for us all including educational opportunities, social opportunities, and other positive experiences to discover new information.
Whilst at school, we monitor and control what students can and cannot access. We also teach them about the importance of online safety through a range of different means including lessons, our skills for life curriculum, assemblies and form times.
However, we also acknowledge that technology is changing at such a fast pace that it can be difficult for us all to keep up to date with e-safety. New technologies have many benefits but we must also make sure that we support our students in understanding how to keep safe online. We know that this will only be successful if done in partnership with home. Our advice for students and their parents/carers is to:
- Talk about sites, games and apps being used and make sure you understand what they are
- Only post appropriate content or photos
- Check security settings are private
- Only communicate with people they know in the ‘real world’
- Agree how much time to spend online and adhere to this
- Speak to a parents/carer or staff member at school if you are worried about anything
- Set up safe settings with your internet service provider and content filters on devices.
- Talk to someone if you think you are using the internet or your mobile phone too much.
We have prepared a series of informative information leaflets and links so that you can be supported in your conversations at home. These can be found in the drop down menu within this section.
However, if you think someone isn’t being safe using the internet, then we ask that you speak to your child's Head of Progress and Learning and we will be able to offer the necessary support.
In addition to this, do remember that if you have serious concerns, you should report these to the police and can do so by following this link:
Other resources include:
- A guide to help parents/carers keep their children safe online, produced by the UKs’ Council for Child Internet Safety
The NSPCC has a section devoted to social media sites that your child might be using eg Snapchat or Instagram and provides you with further information on these.