Online-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary 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 Online-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online-Safety Policy. Online-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online through the computing and PSHCE curriculum.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
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.
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. Click here to read more.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here.
Websites with more information:
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
More useful Resources for keeping Safe online:
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. Click the magazine to download.
Useful videos and resources
Lots of useful resources on a variety of topics from internet filtering, mobile devices, gambling, grooming to social media
An e-learning tool for parents and carers
Guidance for parents and carers about talking to children around issues with online commerical content