The Internet is essential to our children's education, future careers and lives. It is a fantastic resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, shopping, communicate with others and even play interactive games online
Pupils who are old enough to punch in a few letters on the keyboard can literally access the world.
But that access can also pose hazards. For example, an 12-year-old might do an online search for Lego. But with just one missed keystroke, the word Legs is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs some of which may contain pornographic material. That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.
Even the most experienced Internet user doesn't understand how children use the Internet and how to help them have a safer and more enjoyable surfing experience.
Just like any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.
We take the online safety of all our students very seriously at school.
All student internet access is controlled by a web filter within school The web filter is regularly checked and updated to ensure that students are continuosly protected whilst using the internet at school.
We have a member of staff who is a fully trained Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Ambassador. All members of staff who teach are being trained by our CEOP Ambassador to be able to deliver the CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme for 11 - 16. Once trained all members of our teaching faculty will deliver the CEOP's Thinkuknow programme for 11 - 16 during PSHE lessons.
For parents we will be shortly running Internet Safety workshops at school. These workshops will be designed to provide parents with the necessary insight and knowledge required to help keep their children safe whilst online.
More information regarding these workshops for parents will be made available on the school website closer to the scheduled time of the workshops.
You can make sure your child is safe online by using technical parental controls and creating your own rules. Rules should cover things like which websites they can visit and how long they can spend online. You should also stress the importance of keeping personal information safe.
If you want more information, guidance and advice about keeping your children safe online or if you would like to keep up to date with current and upcoming trends in internet related technologies please visit the sites below.
Internet Safety Guides
The downloadable documents uses the Adobe PDF format, you will need software such as Acrobat Reader on your computer to read them.
If you haven't got any appropriate software on your computer you can download it for free here.
|Online Safety Checklist|
|Supporting Young People Online|