New technology is transforming our world. Students interact with technologies such as mobile phones and the Internet on a daily basis and experience a wide range of opportunities and situations. The social interaction and learning opportunities are greatly beneficial but can occasionally place young people in danger. They need to learn ways they can take care of their own safety and security.
As a school we endeavour to develop skills and attitudes that equip students for our increasingly technological society. To do this we all have to work within a framework which allows for safety and security and raises awareness of issues affecting our school and the wider community.
Internet use is a part of the curriculum and a necessary tool for the school community. Students will learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using ICT.
Here are some very useful websites for parents and students.
This link leads to the safety policy for Facebook and provides tips for staying safe while using the social network.
Here you will find a series of resources on internet safety for children.
This website, from CEOP and Parent Zone, provides essential advice on many aspects of caring for young people, from dealing with Fitness Apps, helping healthier eating and staying safe online.
Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe? CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) is an organisation which helps children stay safe online. If someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know, such as being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up, it is very important that you tell someone. You can report it to CEOP by clicking the link on the image below.
A study of over 5,000 girls aged between 10 to 17 in 14 countries found that more than half of girls had low body esteem. In the age of the ‘Gram’ and shows like Love Island, it can be difficult for your people to feel positive about their body especially more value is placed on how many likes and comments they get on a selfie on social media.
Today, more children and young people are unsatisfied with the way they look and this can lead to worrying trends around eating disorders and other mental health issues.
To understand how you can help your child maintain a positive body image, see advice from our experts in our latest ‘What The Experts Say’ article from Internetmatters.org
Sharon is a working Mum with four children aged from 10 to 17. Not surprisingly, they talk about the Internet and social media regularly, but Sharon understands first-hand that things can still go wrong. See what she does to help her children recover from challenges online.
Keeping up with Children on the Internet
A leaflet produced by Childnet International and includes internet safety guidance for parents and carers.
HSCB: Protect Children Prevent Abuse
Information with advice and support for parents and families.
Files from E-Safety Evening for Parents and Carers held on 02/10/18
Useful resources on apps and gaming, with helpful tips for parents/carers on parenting in the digital world from the National Online Safety and Childnet.com