Helping our pupils to keep safe on the Internet

We encourage the use of new technologies. It is a huge educational resource and makes communication easy. Anyone can publish materials on the web which makes possibilities and opportunities endless!

Our young people use the internet for interactive chat, instant messenger (IM), music, games and social networking. Parents use the web mainly for ‘downloading’ information, whilst children are commonly using it for ‘uploading’ information. All of which could potentially put your child in danger without the correct supervision, monitoring and filtering systems in place. Please also see our E-Safety and Social Media Policies on the Policy section of this website.

The main issues for parents / carers and pupils?

  • Not all information on the Internet is accurate
  • Viruses and computer infections can be downloaded
  • Illegal copying and downloading of music
  • Unsuitable material – pornography, violence, racism etc.
  • Exposure to harassment and stalking
  • Exposure to threats and intimidation
  • Bullying
  • Identity Theft
  • Public posting of private information and images
  • Manipulation

What can you do?

Make sure your child is aware of the dangers and give them guidance and an expectation for what you believe is acceptable use and behaviour online.

  • Do not give out personal details
  • Do not post photographs
  • Do not talk to people you do not know
  • Never arrange to meet anyone
  • Acceptable and legal usage
  • Ensure the correct security settings are in place
  • Keep the computer in an accessible location
  • Check the settings of social networking sites to ensure the privacy settings are in place
  • Check the history and cookies of your computer
  • Encourage your child to inform you of any unsuitable material found
  • Monitor changes in behaviour
  • Report any unsuitable content/behaviour to the relevant organisations