Staying Safe Online
Children at St. Brendan’s Catholic Primary School use the Internet on a frequent basis as part of their learning. In school, we educate the children termly about ‘e-safety’ to remind them of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society and materials. We believe that by fostering a sensible approach at home and at school, we will be able to equip children with the skills they need to become responsible users of technology. Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your child safe online at home:
- Explore online safety sites – There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children below. Take time to browse through them with your child.
- Discourage the use of social networking sites (such as Facebook/Bebo/Twitter) under the age of 13.
- Keep your computer in a shared area – talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can be aware of the sites your children are accessing.
- Ensure that your child does not give out any personal details to people they may meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS4.
Online Safety Posters
We have online safety posters on display in our classrooms so that they are clearly visible when the children and teachers are using laptops.
If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the Headteacher or the school’s Online Safety Coordinator Miss Bell or Online Safety Governor –Mr K. MacDonald
You can also use CEOP’s (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) reporting tool by clicking wherever you see this logo:
The following links will provide children and parents with some additional useful information:
- Think U Know – CEOP produce this site containing internet safety advice for children, parents and teachers.
- Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Primary Pupils, Teachers & Parents’ section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet
- Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- UK Safer Internet Centre – a site with e-safety tips, advice and resources.
online policy reviewed jan19