Internet Safety/Phone Safety
At Meadowhead School we take the issue of Internet Safety very seriously and on these pages you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.
The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can also bring risks. We work with our pupils in school to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.
All pupils are asked to sign an agreement on how they will use the Internet in school. You can view a copy by clicking the relative document at the foot of this page.
As a school, we highlighted this all week to make pupils aware and to encourage them to be safe online.
The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) logo pictured here is on a lot of social networking sites. It is the Advice, Help and Report button. Clicking on it will take you to their website, where you can easily follow links for help if you are a parent or child. It is excellent, so please try it now!
Below are some quick links for parents to some key questions and Top Tips in their 'Growing up online' section.
- Top Tips
- What is my child doing online?
- How do I talk to my child about what they're doing online?
- What risks might my child face?
- What tools are there to help me keep my child safe?
NSPCC Share Aware Campaign
Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their Net Aware website: http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Software to help you
Anti Bullying App
We do not allow mobile phones in school, which combats phone bullying here, but we know that mobiles are used outside school. You can help your child by using an Android App which blocks the bully's number, so you don't have to receive unwanted texts or calls. The bully doesn't know that their number is blocked. It is now a free app. Click the image to find out more.
(Please note that these are for your information and are independent from the school)
This software blocks inappropriate websites, including pornographic ones. It also monitors emails and social networks for unsuitable content, grooming phrases, sex words and other danger words.
This setting is designed to screen sites with explicit sexual text and images that you don't want your child to stumble across when browsing the internet.
Top Tips for Safer Surfing!
- Remind your child that the internet is not a private space. Any information that your child puts online can be shared with anyone and may be used in a harmful way.
- Keep communication open! Let your child know that it’s never too late to tell if something or someone is making them uncomfortable.
- Teach your child to only open emails from people they know. Files may contain inappropriate images, content or viruses
- Keep the computer somewhere in the house where it is easy for you to monitor what they are viewing.
- Use internet filtering software and your browser’s control to offer the degree of security needed to protect your child.
What are the dangers and risks to my child from the internet?
|Personal information given||
|Uploading inappropriate material|
|Is subject to persuasion (self-harm/anorexia)||Providing misleading info to others|
Information on the table was taken from "Safer Children in a Digital World" - a report by Dr Tanya Byron.
You can download for free the report or its summary on the Department for Education website
Did you know that Facebook requires users to be 13 years old before they can create their own account?