The School's Role in Online Safety
Here at St Paul's, we take Online Safety very seriously. It is our job, as educators, to ensure that our pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge that are needed in our ever changing technological world.
- We aim to arm pupils with the skills to access life long learning and employment opportunities.
- Our current Computing scheme of work, provides pupils with opportunities to explore the many ways in which technology can enhance our lives and open up new ways of communication.
- Pupils are taught how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using a variety of web based resources and digital equipment.
- In order to maintain a safe, digital environment, school internet access is designed specifically for pupil use, with appropriate filters in place.
- School will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and advances in technology, it is not possible to ensure that unsuitable material will never appear on a school device. Should this happen, any inappropriate content will be reported to our internet provider immediately.
- Pupils are given clear instructions for Internet use and are taught about acceptable usage.
- Pupils are educated in the effective use of internet research and are taught to be critically aware of information that they have found. They are encouraged to question, analyse and validate information before accepting its accuracy.
- Pupils are taught about both the benefits and the dangers of Social Media. They are taught never to divulge any personal details of any kind, that may identify themselves, other pupils, their school or location. This includes not using personal photographs or videos.
- Pupils are regularly made aware of the age restrictions on Social networking sites and are encouraged to adhere to these.
Parent's Role in Online Safety
As a school, we can only do so much to keep children safe whilst using the internet. It is your responsibility, as parents, to make sure that you are aware of what your child is accessing whilst online.
We strongly recommend that you adhere to the age restrictions on Social Media apps and sites, They are as follows:
Facebook - 13yrs
Instagram - 13yrs
Snapchat - 13yrs
Twitter - 13yrs
Twitch - 13yrs
Music - ally - 13yrs
What's App - 16yrs
Live me - 17yrs
You Tube - 18yrs (13yrs with parental consent to open an account)
It is also important that you monitor how much time your child spends on their digital device. It's always a good idea to set up a timetable / rota where your child is allowed screen time.
Where possible, ensure that your child remains in the room with you at all times, during their allocated screen time.
Never allow your child to take their mobile device to bed with them! Children do tell lies - this is a known fact! They may promise that it will be switched off but are you certain that this is the case?
Remember - games have an age limit too! These games may seem harmless enough but many of them have unsuitable content, including violence, swearing and drugs and alcohol. Children have also been known to become addicted to them.