Children today live in a world where Information and Communication Technology (Computing) is increasingly becoming one of their main methods of learning and communication both in the Academy and in their homes. We try to educate our pupils to be safe whilst using technology both in the Academy and at home.
In addition to a robust Online Safety Policy, we produce each year a Parental guide to give our families information and guidance on:
- How the children use Computing in the Academy.
- How using Computing in the home can help them to learn.
- How they can use the Internet safely at home.
- Where to find more information.
We also issue our families with copies of the Digital Parenting Magazine once each year. These can also be downloaded from the Digital Parenting website.
We recommend our families visit the UK Safer Internet pages regularly for advice on technologies including privacy settings, safety tools and more resources to help you keep your child safe online.
All staff and pupils sign Acceptable Use Policies covering their use of technology and computer rules posters are displayed around the Academy to remind pupils of their commitment.
Our Academy computers are protected by the software which identifies potential violations by any user which may need investigating.
We also hold regular Online Safety days and take part in Safer Internet Day.
Here are some simple rules to help your child stay safe online. It is a good idea to discuss these with your child and help them to understand how important they are.You may wish to download our Parent's Guide to Online Safety. It includes lots of information regarding how to use the internet safely, and some computer rules. We hope all our children will use the same computer rules at home as they do in the Academy.
To stay safe they should:
Always ask permission before using the internet and discuss what sites they are using.
Use websites you and your child have chosen together and always use a child friendly search engine
Only email people they know. Help them to set up an address book.
Always discuss with you if they receive an email from people they don’t know. Encourage your child to not open such emails at all.
Create a nickname to use for games and websites and do not use their real name.
Never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number.
Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the internet without talking to a trusted adult first.
Never tell someone they don’t know where they go to school or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform.
Only use webcams with people they know.
Tell someone immediately if they see or receive anything that makes them unhappy.
Familiarise your child with the CEOP safety button which features on most online sites used by young people. If you are worried about anything suspicious online—as a parent or a child—click on the red CEOP button to report it.