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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 – 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