The internet is a fantastic resource for adults and children, but it is so very important that we all use it safely. We need to teach the children how to keep themselves safe, the internet is so easy to access and it is vital that children follow the safety rules
Remember to be SMART
S- Stay Safe: Never give your name, address or passwords out to anyone online. They may say they are the same age as you but they could by lying!
M - Meet: Never go to meet someone you have make friends with online. If an online friend wants to see you, talk to an adult. Remember that they might not be who they say they are!
A - Accepting: If someone sends you a photo, or a file, ask an adult before you open it. It could be a virus! Don't accept it!
R- Reliable: Remember that you can't trust everyone who uses the internet. Not everyone is kind. They aren't reliable.
T -Tell: Tell an adult if something online upsets you or makes you worried.
The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use and will include filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. Pupils will be taught what Internet use is acceptable and what is not and given clear objectives for Internet use. Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation. Pupils will be shown how to publish and present information to a wider audience.
At St. Joseph's we take the safety of our pupils very seriously including their safety while they access the internet.
Advice for home internet use
We want this approach to e-Safety to spread to the home online environment too and we are therefore sharing with you some tips and resources to help you guide your children and help you keep up to date in a digital world. Here are a few tips to help you keep your children safe on line:
Think U Know is always a good place to start you will see the report abuse button that your child will know about from school.
Another site that is helpful for parent controls is UK Safer Internet Centre.
This site advises you to take four steps:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
Below are some useful website and documents which provide further information on keeping your child safe online.