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E-safety

E-safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Greenshaw High School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-safety policy. E-safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you to ensure the e-safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Recently we have had a number of parents express concerns about children’s behaviour online. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.

All the popular social media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, music.ly etc.) have an age restriction of 13, and WhatsApp has just announced that it has raised its age limit to 16. 

There are good reasons for this age restriction to be in place. For example, inappropriate content, lack of maturity to use the site safely, exposing them to harmful content, risk of being contacted by sexual predators, creating an online profile which will be hard to remove in the future, placing added pressure on the child to deal with situations beyond their years. The list goes on, but as parents you need to be aware of the safety implications by allowing your child access to social media at such a young age. 

The Communication Act 2003 makes it an offence to send anything on the internet that is offensive, indecent, threatening or false and the reason for sending it is to cause the other person annoyance, inconvenience or needles anxiety.  Remember, the age of criminal responsibility in England is 10 years old. We would not want any of our children to get on the wrong side of the law, so we have to ensure they are using the internet in a responsible and appropriate way.

What can parents/carers do? Follow the golden rules...

Ground rules

Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (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. Only allow them to play online games that are age appropriate. Check the PEGI rating of the game.

Online safety
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use parental control functions on your home broadband for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content.

Remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child. 

Location
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, Games Consoles, Kindles, IPods etc.

Hand held devices
Remember that Children are accessing the internet via their phones, tablets, iPods, Kindles, X boxes, Nintendos, PlayStation etc. Without parental controls on these devices, children can access whatever they want on the internet. Visit www.childnet.com to show how to set parental controls on a variety of hand held devices and gaming machines.

Dialogue   
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.

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.

It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO HAVE INTERNET ENABLED DEVICES IN THEIR BEDROOMS UNTIL THEY REACH AN AGE AND MATURITY TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE.

Websites for more information:

 

Tools for you

Apple Screen Time (for iPhones and iPads)

Android Digital Wellbeing

WhatsApp Guide for Parents

 

Parental Controls and Internet Filtering

Whilst students are in school their Internet connection is filtered, however, by default home broadband connections are unfiltered, which opens up the risk of students accessing inappropriate sites or sites that may be harmful. 

We recommend implementing filtering on your home network via your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to help protect students from inappropriate online content.

Below are guides for implementing parental controls for BT, Virgin, TalkTalk and Sky.
If you have a different ISP (Internet Service Provider) please check their website for details on how to implement parental controls in your home.

BT

Virgin Media

TalkTalk

Sky

 

Parent Bulletins

Friday 23rd February
 

Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you to our first Online Safety Briefing. The main purposes of these bulletins will be to keep you informed and up to date with the latest tools and techniques which can help your child be safe online. We will also be letting you know about activities that have taken place in school to continue to raise awareness.

As part of our commitment to promoting online safety, our students recently participated in an extended task during their PSHE lessons. This task focused on raising awareness and educating students about the importance of online safety in today's digital world. One focus was around the 4 Cs of online safety: content, contact, conduct and commerce. If you would like some explanation as to any of these Cs, the NSPCC has an informative website page which can be viewed here: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2023/september/4-cs-of-online-safety/

We also recently ran an online parental workshop. The main focus of the workshop was the 4 Cs, alongside some information on tools which can be used to protect your child online. If you could not attend, the recording, as well as other helpful resources, are now available on our dedicated website page. To access these materials, please visit: www.greenshaw.co.uk/onlinesafety 

The website page also contains platform guides. These offer advice and guidance to families on how to keep your child safe on the most commonly used platforms and apps.

We encourage you to take the time to explore these resources, as they will provide you with valuable information and practical strategies to support your child's online safety. It is crucial that we work together to help our children navigate the online world safely and responsibly.

In future bulletins, we will be focussing on topics that include:

  • How the school uses filtering to protect our students

  • Apps and Products for limiting screen time

  • How to spot fake news online

If you have any further questions or concerns related to online safety, please do not hesitate to contact us via info@greenshaw.co.uk