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St John's C of E Middle School Academy

Safe Guarding and Child Protection

You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers. We need to work together to both protect them and make them aware of these dangers.

In school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. Teaching pupils about safe use of ICT facilities is included as part of the curriculum and your child will be introduced to E-Safety in a planned and progressive way throughout their time at St. John’s to help them understand how to keep themselves safe.

As a parent/carer you can also play a significant role in ensuring their online safety. Just a few simple steps can help keep them safe and give them the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet.

Top Tips to keep your child safe 

  • To be eligible for a Facebook account your child must be at least 13 years old, we highly recommend that this is adhered to and encourage pupils to stay away from social networking sites/apps like Instagram altogether.
     
  • Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private (personal information, photos etc.) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
     
  • Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact.
     
  • Locate your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat. Consider your child’s use of other devices that allow internet access such as Mobile Phones and Games Consoles.
     
  • Always ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply.
     
  • Make sure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.

You can find free downloadable parental controls online or you can contact your internet service provider (such as BT,TalkTalk,Sky.)

For more information see www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents and www.ceop.police.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more advice.