ICT is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology. At Outwood Academy Shafton we have systems in place to protect your children. We urge all parents / guardians to enable security settings on home devices to help protect your children online. We recognise that we encourage students to go online for work out of school where there is less supervision and they have more freedom.
Golden rules to safe Internet Browsing
Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life. Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.
Look out for good websites that have the button built in. Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct: www.ceop.police.uk (link below).
Online bullying/ Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible. If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber bullying?
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.
There are lots of useful links below to help to keep our students and your family safe while using the internet.