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Online Safety at Sir John Cass Red Coat School

Online safety is introduced to students through the ICT curriculum and in addition, it is addressed each year during PSHE/Citizenship lessons. We also run online safety assemblies and special events such as Safer Internet Day which takes place in February.

Our online safety policy is an integral part of our safeguarding policy and can be found on the policies page of our website. This policy is reviewed annually. In addition all students sign our Acceptable Use Policy which can be viewed here.

Online safety is an integral part of our behaviour policy and online safety issues are monitored and addressed regularly to address the constant changes in the use of technology.

Below is a selection of videos (as requested by the Parental Forum) providing guidance for parents on how to tackle the issues raised by online safety.

An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 1)

An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 2)

An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 3)

An Introduction to Online Safety (Part 4)


What can you do as a parent or carer to keep your child safe online?

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.

Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.

This video produced by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provides useful information for parents / carers.

It is essential to be involved in your child’s online life. The internet has become an integral part of people’s lives and it is a key element of the way in which many young people now socialise. As a parent or carer you have a challenging job, you need to know what your children are doing online and also help them to do it in a safe way. With technology changing on a day-to-day basis, the best way to stay informed is to get involved. To get tips on how to talk to children about their online activity, you can go to the following link – Tips on how to discuss tricky issues with your child

Some useful conversation starters are as follows:

What can you do right now?

There are real advantages in maintaining an open dialogue with your child about their internet use, encourage them to talk to you about their time online; for example who they’re talking to, what services they are using, and any issues that they may be experiencing. Also, bear in mind that multiple devices now connect to the internet including gaming consoles and that internet connections could be made through free Wi-Fi or 3G/4G mobile connections.

Create a family agreement to establish your children’s boundaries, and your expectations, when on the internet. Give your child strategies to deal with any online content that they are not comfortable with – such as turning off the screen, telling an adult they trust and using online reporting facilities.

Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.

 

For a wide range of advice and ideas on how to maintain safe behaviour online you can visit the UK Safer Internet Centre as well as the following links:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

Parents’ Guide to Technology

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology

http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents/kiafp-cd

 

Online Gaming: An introduction for parents

Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. This leaflet explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice.

http://www.childnet.com/resources/online-gaming-an-introduction-for-parents

 

Guidance on social networking sites

Childnet has produced a guide which focuses on helping parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Google+). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks. This is available to download on the following link:

www.childnet.com/ufiles/Young-people-and-social-networking-A.pdf

Facebook Family Safety Centre: Provides useful information and tips for parents and carers, teenagers and educators. These pages do not require a Facebook account in order to view them.

www.facebook.com/safety

Google+ Safety Centre: Provides useful information and tips for parents and carers, teenagers and educators. These pages do not require a Google account in order to view them.

www.google.com/+/safety

Twitter Help Centre – Tips for Parents: Provides useful information and tips for parents and carers. These pages do not require a Twitter account in order to view them.

www.support.twitter.com

 

Further useful links on e-safety

 

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency CEOP: Advice for parents, you can also report any concerns directly to the police through this website. Click the logo below to visit the “Think U Know website”.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.

Childnet International

Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. This page leads to advice for parents

 

Know it all

Know IT All for Parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It’s designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.

www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

 

Useful downloads

 

Reporting concerns

In school the point of contact will be the Head of Year. Serious concerns relating to child protection should be reported to the school’s child protection officers.

Students can protect themselves online by reporting incidents to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre by clicking on the CEOP button.

Further support can be found on the following sites:

Internet Watch Foundation: The UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.

www.iwf.org.uk

ParentPort: A website run by the UK’s media regulators, allowing you to report content unsuitable for children found in a programme, advert, film, video game, newspaper/magazine or other forms of media.

www.parentport.org.uk