Internet and World Wide Web Safety
Internet and World Wide Web Safety
As a school and college we take Safeguarding our students very seriously. As well as rigorous systems for adults in our employment or as volunteers, it has long been necessary to give frequent consideration to issues of safe use of the internet for students.
ICT in the 21st Century is an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of these technologies in order to arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.
We regularly revisit the issue of safe personal behaviour on line with all students aged 11-16. They receive information through assemblies, and be encouraged to discuss the issues with tutors and peers. Often young people know about what to do to keep themselves safe online; they do not always believe the message, or think the dangers relate to someone other than them. There are also legal considerations.
The central messages are:
- Be responsible yourself with your digital footprint
- What you put out there cannot be undone, it can have long standing consequences
- Report to parents/ us or CEOP if you find you are out of your depth
- Be aware that you must not break the law
- The School Designated Child Protection Coordinators are Mrs Mackman and Mrs Lamont.
What can parents/carers do?
Follow the Golden Rules Ground Rules
Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what information should be kept private (such as personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
Discuss using strong passwords with your child so they understand how they can protect their online accounts. It’s important they know they need to keep their passwords safe and not share them with anyone or use the same password for several accounts. If your child’s account is “hacked” or compromised then make sure they change their password and report any concerns or suspicious activity.
Check how secure your passwords are here: http://howsecureismypassword.net/.
For more advice on using strong passwords visit http://tinyurl.com/Getsafeonlinepassword
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Always remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored or supervised. Always supervise the use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Also consider the use and location of other devices your child’s uses which allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles. Visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/a-parents-guide for safety information about consoles and devices
Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together with your child can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online.
Always ensure your child knows how to block and report people online who may send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply and to keep any evidence.
Make sure your child knows it’s important that they tell an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
It’s essential to be realistic: banning the internet or web sites often will not work and it can make a child feel less able to report a problem or concern, so education around safe use is essential.
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse
- www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
- www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts
- www.ceop.police.uk and use the “Click CEOP” reporting button