In the modern world of technology it is essential that we protect our students and children from the minority of people that do not use the internet appropriately.
All of our Year 7 students complete a CEOPS training programme which is lead by the Safer Schools Partnership in Term 1 of their first year. Throughout the rest of their school careers our students are exposed to a range of speakers who provide constant updates on how to use technology appropriately and how to stay safe when using technology.
The safe use of technology is also taught through the core ICT lessons as well as in a range of other subjects.
If you have any questions about maintaining your child’s safety online then you can contact the designated E-safety coordinator.
Mr D Carmichael – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01366 728333
Five Steps to Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Step 1 – Talk To Your Child
- If you are unsure just how all this technology works, get your child to show you.
- Talk to them about what they do online, why they find it so exciting and what they use it for. This is a great time to explore online with your child.
Step 2 – Start By Being Safe
- Talk to your child about the importance of being responsible and safe online.
- Take a look at the history button and links on your web browser. Talk to your children about what they see and do.
- Remember this is about parenting, not about knowing the ins and outs of various technologies.
- Consider filtering the content availible on your child’s internet enabled devices
Step 3 – Set The Ground Rules
Make sure your family has some clear ground rules when using the internet. Set boundaries and time limits and encourage good behaviour online – for example:
- No cyberbullying
- No sharing of personal information
- No arranging to meet strangers.
Step 4 – Guard Private Information
Keep your family information private. Think before you share personal information online and explain why it’s important to be cautious. Remember that once something goes public, it can be very difficult to undo.
Step 5 – Report Abuse
You need to be ready to act if your child feels uncomfortable with anything they experience online. Let them know they can tell you, or another trusted adult, if they are having a problem.
Ensure they know:
- How to use the ‘report abuse’ button on the sites they visit
- How to block Unwanted Messages
- What to do if they discover a site that makes them feel uncomfortable
- You can report abuse via the Think You Know Website
Useful Links and documents –
A website that provides parents guides to the common Social media sites.
A parents guide to Snapchat
Know It All for Parents
Parental advice on filtering
Education against Hate – extremist and radicalisation
Your Child’s Health and Safety
Advice and help on Cyberbullying aimed at parents and students
The DfE Advice booklet for parents and carers on cyberbullying
Advice for parents from Ceops – the Child Explotation and Online Protection Centre