We encourage pupils to be mindful of their safety whilst online and regularly invite experts
in this area into school to talk to pupils and parents. Below is some guidance for parents from Education Child Protection Ltd. and links to useful websites.
How to control your content:
Simple checklist for parents:
Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk with your child (bookmark the CEOP website and tell your child what is there).
- Open and honest dialogue – show an interest and learn about what your child does online.
- Set specific boundaries and rules for your child – and change them according to their age.
- Advertise yourself as one of the people your child can turn to – without being chastised.
- Education is better than saying to your child “you are not doing this anymore”.
Other useful websites:
(In particular, check out this section on family online safety.)
This article outlines some of the hazards of social media: www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zx9wv4j
Although incidents are thankfully rare, we treat online bullying very seriously and children and parents are encouraged to report any issues to the school. Parents should be advised that most social networking sites have a minimum age restriction of 13 years of age so younger pupils should not have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like.