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Our Commitment To Our Parents
The Staff and Governors of Christ the King RC Primary School take internet safety extremely seriously. Whilst acknowledging the massive benefits that the Internet and electronic media bring in terms of education, communication, and sharing of resources, we are also mindful that there are adults who would use such media to try and gain unlawful and possibly harmful access to our children. We will strive to ensure that whilst in school our children can enjoy using the Internet without facing any of these dangers. Our Year 3 Teacher Miss Hewitt is our E-Safety lead and works very closely with our Deputy Head, Mr Stell and Mrs Clegg who oversees the website. Our school E-Safety policy is reviewed and updated annually and all members of staff and governors are fully aware of their responsibilities to safeguard your children in an ever-changing electronic age.
Our Suggestions To Parents
We need to know what our children are doing online. Potentially they can face more harm in their bedrooms than on the streets!
- Ask them to show you the websites they use
- Keep the family computer in a family room
- Help your children to understand they must never give out personal details online. These include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and pictures
- Encourage your child to tell you if they see anything online that makes them uncomfortable or frightened. Tell them it is possible to access such areas of the Internet accidentally and they have not done anything wrong. Better still, reward them for their honesty.
Social Networking Sites
Many of our parents and staff use social networking sites recreationally and to keep in touch with friends. Please be aware that such sites are used by adult offenders to make contact with potential victims. Never feel pressurised into creating a fictitious age for your children to gain access just as you would not buy them cigarettes. You would not want to teach them that rules do not matter on certain occasions. If your children are using Facebook please make them aware that it is not appropriate to ask staff members to be their “friends.” We would also respectfully point out that any parent or carer who defames any member of staff or questions their professional integrity on social media platforms will have that content sent to the LEA legal team to establish if it breaks the law. It is not acceptable to use public forums to criticise or abuse our members of staff.
Some great links can be found below:
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety.
Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans - https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/avoiding-ratting/
Keeping Young Children Safe Online (UK Safer Internet Centre) - A useful eSafety Guide for parents http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ufiles/Keeping-Young-Children-Safe-Online.pdf
The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens."
'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.
YouTube Safety Centre - http://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/safety.html
The 'Digital Parenting Guide' from Vodaphone "Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, 'How to' guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved."
"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly".
The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity) http://www.cybersmile.org
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Webcam safety- BBC Webwise - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/25812110
Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet)
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
Cyber Streetwise "Find out about easy steps you can take to protect your home or business from cyber crime" - https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/
A Parent's Guide to YouTube
A Parent's Guide to Facebook
Instagram is a simple photo and video-sharing app with a huge and growing following, especially among young people. Like everybody, teens use it to capture the moment and chat with friends.
If you are unaware of Instagram but need to be up-skilled.
Read this handy Parent's Guide by clicking here.