Online Safety

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To support you as a parent in keeping your child safe online at home we recommend the website InternetMatters.  This offers a wealth of resources and advice about how to keep your child safe online.  It gives practical advice on how to help your child self-regulate their device use and what is the best role that you can play in their digital life.

The internet and other technology offer a vast opportunity for pupils to learn and for teachers to support and enhance their learning.  The school is also very aware that educating our young people and our school community in the safe use of these technologies is vital, not only for their safe use in school, but also in life.

In Computer Science lessons in Years 7 to 9, a topic on Online safety is covered each year in which pupils are reminded about being safe and responsible when online. We have focused on social media and how to keep safe when using it.  Pupils learn about how not to share their personal information or photos with people they do not know and some of the consequences that could happen if they do not keep their information private.  We look at problems with the different kinds of popular social media such as YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, and offer practical advice on how to stay safe.

We also introduce the pupils to CEOP's Thinkuknow website and explain how to get help from them.  Our PSHE programme (the new name for P4C) covers many aspects of this complex issue.  At various points in the curriculum, aspects of cyberbullying, online safety and social networking are covered, including practical day-to-day precautions such as privacy settings, commenting on posts and the growing issue of sexting.