The Internet is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology. For parents this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of and it can seem a little bit too much to cope with... As a parent or carer it can often feel like you are playing catch-up with your children when faced with technology and the online world. Children come into contact with technology from an early age and it is such a key part of life these days.
At Wath Comprehensive School we have excellent e-safety systems in place to protect your children, but we recognise that students go online out of school where there is less supervision and this can lead to incidents which may affect their learning and school life. Children can be unkind to each other online; bullying is not new, but social media and new technologies provide different ways for bullies to target others. Fortunately these new technologies can make it easier for us or the relevant agencies to track and punish those responsible.
If you have any concerns or need advice regarding your child’s online safety or behaviour (this may be sexting, cyberbullying, suspected online grooming, or suspected online radicalisation) you can contact our e-saftey co-ordinator, Mrs King, on 01709 760222.
Golden Online Rules for Your Child
- On social media sites, your child should ideally only add people they know and trust in real life.
- Some online predators can convincingly pose as another teenager and may put your teenager at risk of online grooming.
- Don’t ban your child from from these sites; they will just use them at friend’s houses or on their phone, personal media player or games console. Roads and swimming pools are dangerous places. We don’t ban our children from them, we simply encourage them to use these places safely. The Internet is no exception.
- Take an interest in the sites and apps they use. Suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.
- Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand. Try to remember how many hours you perhaps spent watching TV when you were their age. The Internet is not as passive; it is active and your child can learn a lot from it.
- If they have a tablet / iPad / laptop and you want to stop them going online after an agreed quota of hours is up, unplug the router, where the phone line comes into the house.
- Be aware of changes in behaviour and sudden over-possessiveness of your child’s mobile devices.
The NSPCC have also put together some resources and guidance which is available on their NSPCC Share Aware page.
Who Can Help Outside School?
- The CEOP button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
- We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise CEOP and how to use it.
- Look out for reliable websites that have the CEOP button built in.
- Visit direct: www.ceop.police.uk
- The CEOP link is on our website too.
E-safety contacts and further info
- Visit the CEOP channel on YouTube.
- Put this website in your favourites: www.thinkuknow.co.uk and make sure every member of the family spends time familiarising themselves with the area aimed at them.
- For parents that’s www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
- For teachers that’s www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers