Golden Rules

Online Safety at School

Online Safety is an important part of keeping students safe at St Philomena's but we can only be successful in keeping young people safe online by working with families to ensure the  online safety message is consistent. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard students from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-Safety Policy. Online safety is taught to all students explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. However, young people can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.

The Law

All the popular Social Media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.) all have an age restriction of 13, and WhatsApp have just announced that they have raised their age limit to 16. Therefore no Primary school student should have a social media profile. There are good reason for this age restriction to be in place. For example, inappropriate content, lack of maturity to use the site safely, exposing them to harmful content, risk of being contacted by sexual predators, creating an online profile which will be hard to remove in the future, placing added pressure on the young person to deal with situations beyond their years. The Communication Act 2003 makes it an offence to send anything on the Internet that is offensive, indecent, threatening or false and the reason for sending it is to cause the other person annoyance, inconvenience or needles anxiety.  The age of criminal responsibility in England is 10 years old so we have to ensure they are using the Internet in a responsible and appropriate way.

Golden Rules to Follow

Ground Rules

  • Discuss what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc.) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends.

  • What is your daughter is doing online? Only allow them to play online games that are age appropriate. Check the PEGI rating of the game.

Online Safety

  • Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions on your home broadband for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content.

  • Parental control tools are not always 100% effective so don’t rely on them alone to protect your daughter.  

Location/handheld devices

  • Locate your computer in a family area and always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat.

  • What other devices allow internet access? Consider other handheld devices such as mobile phones, games consoles, Kindles, iPods, Chromebooks, etc.

Dialogue    

  • Talk about the websites or tools your daughter likes to use and why - this can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour.

  • Teach how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage them not to retaliate or reply.

  • Emphasise importance of telling an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.

  • Be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a young person less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR DAUGHTER TO HAVE INTERNET ENABLED DEVICES IN THEIR BEDROOMS UNTIL THEY REACH AN AGE AND MATURITY TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE.

Further Information:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse

www.childnet.com   – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety

www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date Security advice

www.parentinfo.org  - Supported by CEOP

www.childline.org.uk – Online support for young people

internetmatters.org – Sponsored by the Broadband providers.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/  - Find out about Apps and Games and age restrictions.

The Pastoral team is available to discuss any help you may need or concerns that you may have. You can contact the school by telephone on 020 8642 2025 or email:  enquiries@stphils.org.uk or safeguarding@stphils.org.uk

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025

 

For general enquiries please mail:

enquiries@stphils.org.uk

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