ONLINE SAFETY AT ST THOMAS’ CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
The internet is a fabulous resource that is available to children when used safely and responsibly. To know how to use the internet safely and responsibly has always been a very high priority at St. Thomas’. Online Safety itself is now a prescribed part of the new Computing curriculum and here at St Thomas’ we are pleased with this development and continue to teach it as a special subject within the Computing curriculum. Every classroom has an Online Safety display reminding children of the Do’s and Don’ts when online. At St Thomas’ we follow the S M A R T rules. Your child will be able to tell you all about these.
Online Safety is about teaching children how to stay safe and how to behave responsibly when on the internet. Children must also be aware of the potential risks when using devices such as IPads, Xbox, Play Stations and mobile phones.
At St Thomas’ we pride ourselves on the training sessions that we have lead throughout the authority on Online Safety. Some of our information videos can be seen on YouTube.
As a parent you must be aware of what your child is doing when spending time on gaming devices such as an Ipad, mobile phones, laptops and computers – all devices which access the World Wide Web. Although the internet presents positive learning experiences there can be potential dangers which children need to be able to recognise and know how to deal with. Our children need to know that internet safety rules apply at home as well as at school.
Below are a number of websites and information guides that assist parents to ensure their child’s time on the internet is a positive, educational and enjoyable experience. There are numerous ways in which you can ensure your child’s safety.
We MUST get involved with our child’s lives online.
Cyber bullying is when your child is being bullied on line or through the use of electronic technology. This could be when a text, message or image is posted in order to intentionally hurt or embarrass another person.
This could be in the form of:
- Social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram
- Text messages and instant messaging
- Chat rooms and blogs
- Online gaming
Talking to the child’s class teacher is a good start and issues may be reported to the E-Safety team in school. Phone settings and email accounts can be changed and users may be blocked from the account. Always print the messages or images as evidence but NEVER reply to them.
Stands for Child Exploitation and Online Police.