Safer use of technology
The internet and associated apps present a great opportunity for us all to develop and create, however they also present risks. We believe that children should be made aware of the potential risks and be taught how to avoid them, how to use technology safely and responsibly and what to do if things go wrong. We do this through: direct teaching in computing lessons, running e-safety assemblies, holding e-safety workshops for parents and working with the Police and other organisations to disseminate safety information.
Keeping up with the technology and how young people are using it can be really challenging for adults. There are some basic steps that can be taken to help keep your child safe whilst using technology:
- Don’t assume that your child isn’t using technology.
- Ensure firewalls and parental filters are activated on all technology. Often children may receive a parent’s or sibling’s old phone - ensure that the parental settings are in place before handing the phone over.
- Encourage your child not to share their password with friends. Others can then log in and post messages pretending to be you.
- If you/your child receive any threatening/abusive or offensive messages, don’t respond. Instead save it and report it to an adult, the school or where necessary to the Police. Alternatively, click here to report an incident directly to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
- Consider the posts your child is making on line. The apparent anonymity of the internet sometimes encourages people to post things that they would never actually say to a friend.
- Don’t share too much personal information with strangers on line.
- Remember that other users may not be children, even if they say that they are in their posts.
- Never agree to meet anybody who contacts you on line.
For more information on keeping your child safe online or when using mobile devices, please click on the links below:
Join Hector the dolphin and his friends in a series of animated episodes designed to help younger children learn about safer online practices and digital citizenship. There is also a ‘Hector the Protector’ icon you can download that children can use if they see something upsetting on screen.
Parentzone provide support and information to parents, children and schools, working to help families to navigate the internet safely and confidently. You can also subscribe to a free newsletter.
Instagram is a social media app that children sometimes use to share images and videos online. The Instagram guide for parents is attached at the foot of this page and is designed to highlight potential risks children may face when sharing images with others.