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Online Safety

 

Online Safety is always high on the agenda here at St. Mary's Catholic Academy. We have extensive security measures in place, which are constantly monitored both internally and externally, to prevent our pupils from coming into any potential danger or accessing unsuitable material whilst at school.

Lessons are taught from Reception upward explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe online when using the internet and working with technology, which is always referenced to at the beginning of each lesson.

 

Online Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and safeguards our children by raising awareness to enable them to control their online experience. The school’s online safety policy will operate in conjunction with other policies including those for computing, Acceptable Internet Use Agreement, Behaviour, Bullying, Curriculum, Child Protection, Data Protection and Security.

The school’s Online-Safety Lead is our Principal Mr Beardmore, who is also the Designated Lead for Child Protection.

As a school, we have assigned Digital Leaders from across the Key Stages who help to raise awareness and plan events and quizzes to continually teach and promote Online Safety. We have displays around our school and rules posted in all rooms to display appropriate use and how to stay safe. Our children are also informed that our network and their internet use will be monitored for safety purposes.

 

Internet Safety

 

At St. Mary's Catholic Academy we take the issue of Internet Safety very seriously and on these pages you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.

 

The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can also bring a lot of risk. We work with our pupils in school to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.


All pupils are asked to sign an agreement on how they will use the Internet in school. You can view a copy by clicking here.

 

As a school, we highlighted Online Safety during our Safer Internet Day to make our pupils aware of all the dangers and to encourage them to be safe online.

 

Click here to go to the Safer Internet Day website for more information

 

Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for Parents/Carers, Teachers and Young People to help you with your child’s online safety at home.

 

CEOP

The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) logo pictured here is on a lot of social networking sites. It is the Advice, Help and Report button. Clicking on it will take you to their website, where you can easily follow links for help if you are a parent or child. It is excellent, so please try it now!

 

Thinkyouknow

Highly recommended is the Thinkyouknow website. Click the image to go to the website and get the latest safety information.

This is an education initiative by CEOP - the UKs national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children.

Below are some quick links for parents to some key questions and Top Tips in their 'Growing up online' section.

Top Tips

What is my child doing online?

How do I talk to my child about what they're doing online?

What risks might my child face?

What tools are there to help me keep my child safe?

 

Childnet Internationa

Childnet International – Guidance for Parents, Teachers and Young People

 

This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.

 

A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Why not use our conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling? Click on the picture above.

 

CBBC Stay Safe

 

CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your child/ren. Here are the tips and tricks you'll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.

NSPCC Share Aware Campaign

Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their Net Aware website: http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Links for Parents/Carers

Ask About Games - Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls

 

Software to help you

 

Anti Bullying App

We do not allow mobile phones in school, which combats phone bullying here, but we know that mobiles are used outside school. You can help your child by using an Android App which blocks the bully's number, so you don't have to receive unwanted texts or calls. The bully doesn't know that their number is blocked. It is now a free app. Click the image to find out more.

This software blocks inappropriate websites, including pornographic ones. It also monitors emails and social networks for unsuitable content, grooming phrases, sex words and other danger words. Click the image to find out more.

SelfieCop app - teach your children to use their camera phone safely - please click the link on the menu on the right to find out more. Click the image to find out more.

Visit Google's Safety Centre to learn how to change Google's search settings to SafeSearch filtering: http://www.google.co.uk/familysafety/tools.html

 

This setting is designed to screen sites with explicit sexual text and images that you don't want your child to stumble across when browsing the internet.

 

Top Tips for Safer Surfing!

1. Remind your child that the internet is not a private space. Any information that your child puts online can be shared with anyone and may be used in a harmful way.

2. Keep communication open! Let your child know that it’s never too late to tell if something or someone is making them uncomfortable.

3. Teach your child to only open emails from people they know. Files may contain inappropriate images, content or viruses

4. Keep the computer somewhere in the house where it is easy for you to monitor what they are viewing.

5. Use internet filtering software and your browser’s control to offer the degree of security needed to protect your child.

 

What are the dangers and risks to my child from the internet?

Content
(Child is exposed to this material)

Contact
(Child is communicating)

Conduct
(Child is actively doing Something themselves)

Commercial

Adverts Spam

Personal information given

Illegal downloading
Gambling
Hacking
Financial Scams

Aggressive

Violent content

Being Bullied
Being Stalked

Bullying others

Sexual

Pornographic images/text

Being Groomed
Meeting Strangers

Uploading inappropriate material

Values

Racism
Bias
Misleading info

Is subject to persuasion (self-harm/anorexia)

Providing misleading info to others

Information on the table was taken from "Safer Children in a Digital World" - a report by Dr Tanya Byron.

You can download for free the report or its summary on the Department for Education website

Did you know that Facebook requires users to be 13 years old before they can create their own account?

 

Digizen

Digizen is a game provided by Childnet International. You can play Digizen with your child. This game gives you different decisions and options to make about internet use and friendships in a school day and the consequences. Click the image to find out more.

 

For more information about Safeguarding please visit:

http://www.ourladyofgraceacademy.co.uk/safeguarding-1/

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