Online Safety

We encourage your child to undertake homework some of which will be internet based; they have been made aware that this will involve an increased level of learning, responsibility and participation.  You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. 

As an academy we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this. To make certain your child has safe internet access whilst at school, please sign and return the form you receive from us during transition (Year 6 to Year 7).

Just a few simple steps by you can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet. If you do not wish for your child to be able to access any inappropriate content online, please ensure that their computers, laptops and other devices with internet access (including smartphones) are all fitted with parental controls. You can find free downloadable versions online or you can contact your internet service provider (such as BT, Talk Talk, Sky) for more information. As a minimum, please set parental controls on your search engines, YouTube account and the mobile phone your child uses. One of the most popular search engines in the world is Google. You can visit Google’s informative safety centre for simple step by step guides.

Please be aware that no filter is 100% accurate. CEOP advise that you talk to your child about the sites they use. Why don’t you discuss:
  • Their favourite online sites
  • What they enjoy most, the fun aspects of being online?
  • What they think can go wrong?
  • How would they react if things got out of control?
Let them know that you understand that situations happen online and that seeing ‘adult’ material can make them feel uncomfortable. Make sure they know that you are there to help.
 
Visit Parentinfo an information website from Parentzone and CEOP on staying safe and what you can do as a parent.  If you are ever worried about your child or someone else's child you may also visit the ThinkUKnow website for advice on reporting inappropriate online behaviour.  This may include sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.  You can report incidents using this CLICK CEOP button at any time.
 
CEOP Report Abuse Button
 
Internet Matters provides some very useful information to help safeguard your family and keep your children safe. You may also be interested in this free online magazine series by Vodafone on Digital Parenting. The Digital Parenting website is also full of useful advice and information.
 
Digital Parenting Magazine from Vodafone
 
 
 

Useful Websites

Parentinfo - expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

Parental Controls - this tool will help you understand how to set parental controls across all the main devices (inlcuding mobile phones) and websites your children use.

Internet Matters - working with online safety experts, we're here to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.

Think U Know - great advice and guidance on internet safety and safe surfing for young people, parents and teachers.

Digital Parenting - find information, advice and activities so you can be more connected with your child's digital world.

NSPCC - find out more about the NSPCC Share Aware campaign aimed at helping parents keep their children safe online.

Net Aware - your fantastic guide to the social networks your children use.

Staysafe.org - a guide for parents and teens to safely utilise the Internet.

 

TASC Pupil Internet Agreement


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