Online Safety

We value computing within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing mobile technology.  From laptops and iPads through to our radio station and immersive learning suite, our children are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles. The online safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly.

Below you will find a constant stream of resources and information tailored by CEOP and ParentZone to help parents deal with any online issues. Also, we have added some additional documents that contain further useful information on how to keep your children safe and tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of Online Safety.  We have also included various links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.

For further information, please contact the school’s Online Safety Officer (J.Long) via [email protected]


 

Guides for parents

Please click on the links below to access guides on current popular social media platforms.

Instagram-guide

Parents-guide-to-Snapchat

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Computers, games consoles, mobile phones etc are the doorway to the online world.

Think before you post online

Home and Family guidelines:

  • Talk together and have fun learning together.
  • Keep virus and firewall software up to-date.
  • Remember that passwords should be kept private and not shared with others. Many eSafety incidents relate back to the sharing of passwords
  •  Involve everyone and agree your family guidelines and rules. Remember that sometimes what is acceptable for a Year 10 child is not necessarily acceptable for a Year 4 child.
  • Regularly discuss online safety and go online with your children. Communication is the key to ‘staying safe’ online.
  • Enable your ‘browser safe’ search option and/ or consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines. Critically view all content as some websites are not what they appear.
  • Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children are viewing. Do not let children have webcams, or similar, in their bedroom. Remember any image, sound or text can be copied and viewed by everyone.
  • Talk to your children about why they should not to give out their personal details. If they want to subscribe to any online service then make up a family email address to receive the mail.
  • We all love to chat and children are no different. Encourage your children to use moderated chat rooms and never to meet up with an online ‘friend’ without first telling you.
  • Time spent online should be monitored to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Children need to follow a range of activities many of which will be offline.
  •  Encourage your children, and in fact all family members, to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
  • Have proportionate responses if the family guidelines are not followed.

Links to important and informative e-safety websites –

thinkuknow – a website for parents and children

browse safely – a fantastic website designed to raise awareness of safer internet browsing

Kidsmart – for children to learn about the internet and safer surfing

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Computing Consultants

The computing consultants have partnered up with the central DBS office in Liverpool City Centre to share what makes them feel safe. Below is a link to their powerful keynote / powerpoint which they presented to almost 100 city council workers.

DBS keynote

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RADIO CLUB

This week radio club concentrated their efforts on producing a podcast all about e-safety!

It shares ideas about ‘Cyber Bullying’ and how to stay safe online!

 

 

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