Five Steps to Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Step 1 - Talk To Your Child
If you are unsure just how all this technology works, get your child to show you.
Talk to them about what they do online, why they find it so exciting and what they use it for. This is a great time to explore online with your child.
Step 2 - Start By Being Safe
Talk to your child about the importance of being responsible and safe online.
Take a look at the history button and links on your web browser. Talk to your children about what they see and do.
Remember this is about parenting, not about knowing the ins and outs of various technologies.
Consider filtering the content available on your child's internet enabled devices
Step 3 - Set The Ground Rules
Make sure your family has some clear ground rules when using the internet. Set boundaries and time limits and encourage good behaviour online – for example:
No sharing of personal information
No arranging to meet strangers.
Useful Links and documents -
Information for Parents on Internet Safety
Know It All for Parents
Parental advice on filtering
Your Child's Health and Safety
Advice and help on Cyberbullying aimed at parents and students
Advice for parents from CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Parents' Guide to Snapchat
Here to download
Parents' Guide to E-safety recommended by the NSPCC
Here to download
Step 4 - Guard Private Information
Keep your personal information private. Think before you share personal information online and explain why it’s important to be cautious. Remember that once something goes public, it can be very difficult to undo.
Step 5 - Report Abuse
You need to be ready to act if your child feels uncomfortable with anything they experience online. Let them know they can tell you, or another trusted adult, if they are having a problem.
Ensure they know:
- How to use the 'report abuse' button on the sites they visit
- How to block unwanted messages
- What to do if they discover a site that makes them feel uncomfortable
Useful links to report Abuse
There is information available at the following sites about reporting online abuse:
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils can safely access the internet and its many advantages but that they are aware of the dangers, including the use of social media/chat sites. There are e-safety notices and reminders placed around each Academy site and the issues around safe use of the internet is covered in ICT classes. Please support us on this very important topic by visiting: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources .
Cyber Safety Statement
View our Cyber Safety Statement here.
The Trust recognises the importance of home and school working together to support young people.
What Parents/Carers Can Do
The way forward must be to try to stop problems arising rather than deal with the problems when they do. At the risk of stating the obvious, we would ask parents/carers to do some or all of the following:
- Observe age limits for social networking sites, e.g. Facebook require everyone to be at least 13 before they open an account;
- Ensure that if your child has a social media account that it is private and not open to the world;
- Access to the computer is only in a supervised or ‘family area’ of the home;
- Check your child’s social media accounts and monitor what is happening on them;
- Have time limits for PCs and game machines, perhaps ensuring they are turned off in the evening at an agreed time;
- Some games which connect to the internet allow young people to talk to other gamers - this function can be turned off;
- Remember that many modern phones also enable access to social media sites – if buying your child a phone, consider whether they really need all the bells and whistles or do they just need a phone?
What The Academy Will Do
We need to ensure that all pupils feel safe, secure and happy in the academy; in such an environment, young people are better able to focus on their learning. We also need to ensure that staff are not having to spend hours dealing with problems associated with social networking sites: they should be focused likewise on supporting children with their learning.
We will continue our efforts to make pupils aware of the risks associated with using the internet.
Each Academy has its own strict procedures for the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Also, from now on any issue brought to school which has its origins in ‘cyberspace’ will be referred to a senior staff member. The following course of action may be taken:
- To refer back to parents;
- To refer to the appropriate member of staff to take action;
- To put in place additional education for young people;
- To refer to Childrens Services if there are child protection concerns;
- To refer to the Police.
In all cases, a copy of the completed proforma will be sent to parents.
Pupil Guidelines for Email and Internet Use - Acceptable Use Policy
These guidelines outline the expectations and rules surrounding the use of email and the internet by pupils at The Priory Belvoir Academy. A copy of this can be found on the Trust website under 'Trust Policies'.