All children and staff must adhere to our e-safety policy. While it is great to see parents and carers who are proud of their children and want to celebrate their success in school activities, it is important to note that posting images of students online in any social media or on the internet is against our school policies. We must respect the wishes of other parents and carers who do not want their child’s name, image, or school publicised online. We ask you to work with us to support this.
Social media and being online are part of many people’s daily life. Our teaching helps to prepare children for life in the modern world, but your help is needed to keep them safe online and ensure that the e-safety message is consistent.
What can parents/carers do?
Make sure you know what your child is doing online exactly as you would offline, and discuss what should and should not be shared online.
Make use of parental controls included on devices and browsers to block unsuitable content or contact, as well as setting limits for your children if necessary. However, remember that these tools are not 100% effective, and do not rely on them alone to protect your child.
Always supervise your child when using voice or video chat, and place your computer in a family area where you can see what your child is doing. Remember to also be aware of other devices, such as mobile phones and games consoles, which allow internet access.
Most importantly, talk to your child and be open. Make sure that they know to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel uncomfortable, and encourage them not to respond.
It’s essential to be realistic when dealing with online safety. Banning the internet or technology does not work, and can often make a child less likely to report a problem. The best way to protect your children is to educate them and ensure they are not afraid to talk to a trusted adult if there is a problem.
Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour with your child.