Children today are growing up in a fast-changing world where they have to learn to be safe online as well as in the physical world. As a school we are committed to developing children who can recognise both the benefits as well as the risks of the online world.
Helping your child stay safe
The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
- Never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share your full name, email address, mobile number, school name or any photos, including photos of your family or friends. Any pictures or videos sent online can be changed or shared without permission
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to and get them to show you how to use elements of what they’re doing you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience; they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room
- If you receive a message that upsets or confuses you, do not reply but save the message and show your parents or other trusted adults
- Spam and junk email and texts are never true and should never be acted upon. Don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them
- Don’t ever open files sent to you from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them
- You need to understand that some people are cruel and lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. You should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult you trust
- Make sure you know how to block someone online and report them if you feel uncomfortable
Most importantly, your child needs to know that they are able to talk to you and you need to emphasise the point that it’s never, ever too late to tell someone (parent, care-giver or teacher) if something they have seen or read on the internet makes them uncomfortable.
Another point we feel obligated to make is that as parents, you should never blame your child. Let them know you trust them to do the right thing and hopefully they will.
Please follow the links for the school’s acceptable user agreements:
There are a number of useful websites from where you can get more information on internet safety: