At St John the Baptist Primary, children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, the children are taught the importance of keeping themselves safe online through Computing and PSHE lessons.
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We teach the children to be SMART on the Internet
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Cleveland Police are dedicated to promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. While the internet and the technology used to access it is rapidly evolving, providing exciting new experiences and methods of communicating, it is important that children and professionals alike do not forget the risks that are associated with it.
Although there are concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to reduce this risk in school. Our school Internet provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
This may not be the case at home so we have provided you with some useful information on safe Internet access here and some links to further guidance at the bottom of the page.
6 Tips for parents!
- Set up an account for each user on your pc at home and only give yourself administrator access. This will allow you to keep control of the settings and the installation of software. Each user account you can be password protected.
- Add a screensaver protected by a password to your account so that if you leave your PC for 5 minutes you will have to enter your password. You can do this in the Control Panel.
- Encourage your family to use technology in a public part of the house and not in a bedroom. This applies not just to PCs but also to laptops, game consoles, internet browsers on phones etc.
- Remember that many consoles come with family settings. For example if you want to disable or limit Xbox Live on an Xbox 360 you can do so by going to Settings — Parental Controls.
- Encourage your child not to open e-mails from unfamiliar e-mail addresses and to avoid opening suspicious attachments. Remind your child that if an e-mail seems too good to be true then there is almost certainly a catch!
- Ensure that you have a pop-up blocker turned on. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox come with their own pop-up blockers. If you are accessing a site that has a genuine pop up window that you need to access you should add it to the trusted sites rather than turn off the pop up blocker. The settings can be found in the Tools menu of the browser.
5 Simple rules to discuss at home!
- Adjust privacy settings-In Facebook you can select Settings — Privacy Settings — Profile. This will allow you to restrict who sees information and prevents friends of friends seeing your posts and photos.
- Think before you post. It is very easy to a post a comment or photo in anger or frustration. By the time you remove it many people will have seen it and the harm has been done.
- Only add people who you know in real life as friends. Remember that just because someone has a photo showing them as school pupil in their profile doesn’t mean they are – they may actually be someone completely different.
- Think carefully about how much personal information you put on your profile – you don’t need to tell everyone your address, date of birth and mobile number.
- Pay attention to age restrictions
Think U Know? – containing internet safety advice for children, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP
(the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Kidsmart – an award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know it all – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
CBBC Stay Safe – great for all ages.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is a command in the National Crime Agency.
Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet