Did you know ...
One third of young people who go online at least once a week report having received unwanted sexual (31%) or abusive comments (33%) via email, chat, instant messaging or text message?
Only 7% of parents think their child has received such comments. In light of these statistics and the on-going worry for schools and parents, we have aimed to provide you with useful information to aid you with your knowledge of Online-Safety and where to go if you have questions or concerns.
It is vital that as teachers, parents and carers we take responsibility for the use of technology and the internet by the children in our care. We cannot rely on all aspects of the digital world being safe for its users. It is our job to gain a greater understanding of the benefits, limitations and dangers of introducing our children to digital technology in all its forms. With the knowledge gained, we hope that all adults involved will feel more confident with their child’s use of technology.
As part of our PSHE and Computing curriculum we teach the children about online-safety throughout the school. Through the application of our Online-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy, the children will become more aware of the do's and don’ts, plus the increasing dangers connected to the use of technology. We also have a set of Online Safety Rules which every pupil and their respective parent/carer has seen and signed to show that they understand the school's expectations when pupils are online.
The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board is a partnership of all the different organisations working to protect children and young people across the county. The SSCB maintains a library of social media sites with information about their accessibility and their potential for allowing inappropriate or unhealthy online contact for users. It is important to stress that these websites are not "bad" in themselves; the library is a resource that allows parents and carers to make informed decisions about the sites their children are using.
Our views about the Internet:
This school teaches online-safety to all members of its community. There is a taught scheme of work for online-safety.
This school undertakes to monitor and regulate the use of the school's internet connection by all its users.
Access to the internet, both in school and out, is not a right; it is a privilege.
Parents and carers have a right (some may say a duty) to monitor the use of their internet connection at home.
It is never ok for a child to meet someone they have met online without the knowledge and assent of their parents/carers.
Everyone is committed to exploiting the many benefits of the connected digital world and similarly, we are all committed to stamping out abuse wherever it is found.
Helpful Website Links and Resources
Digital Resilience: A Quick Guide for Parents
What Parents Need to Know about Momo
6 Apps that Every Parent Should Know About
Learning Difficulties, Autism and Internet Safety
Professionals Online Safety Helpline
UK Safer Internet Centre Information and Online Resources
Child International Supporting Young People Online
Hotline: Internet Watch Foundation
Childnet: The Adventure of Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew
UK Safe Internet Centre: Conversation Starters