We have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place that outlines to you and your children safe working practices for computers and the internet. If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should contact the school immediately to discuss the matter. If you have any questions or concerns about your child using the internet or other technology, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be happy to advise wherever possible.
We also use a report abuse button so that parents know where to go for help.
Through the curriculum we deliver an eSafety unit with Year 7’s and review this when they get to Year 8 and 9. Students are taught about how to become safer internet users and to consider the impact of their digital footprint on their future. They also create an eSafety video on the iPads for new Year 6’s so they can become more aware of how to stay safe online.
Every year group has an eSafety assembly once a year which stresses the importance of being safe online.
What can you do to help?
- Keep a watchful eye on your child's internet use including email and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc).
- Encourage your child to have the highest level of privacy settings on any online accounts.
- Check the history folder of your internet browser to check what sites have been accessed.
- Consider purchasing filter software or see if your ISP (BT, Sky, Talk Talk, etc) provide their own.
- Protect your computer with firewall/antivirus software.
Google Family Safety - www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/familysafety/
Gives information about how to stay safe whilst using Google products, including enabling Safe Search on Google and Safety Mode on YouTube. Also includes information on how to report inappropriate content.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global taskforce.
Childnet International - www.childnet-int.org
A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children and each year runs an 'Internet Safety Day'
Bullying Online - http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/
Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied.
Facebook Family Safety Centre - en-gb.facebook.com/safety/
An official site from Facebook to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.
Twitter Safety Tips - support.twitter.com/articles/470968-safety-tips-for-parents
A page from Twitter's help centre to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.
Finally, don’t let the above information put you off letting your child use the Internet, the benefits far outweigh the dangers. It’s just a balance between keeping them safe and not making them afraid.