At Read Academy, we believe that the use of technology is highly beneficial to the education of young people. As well as technology, such as the Internet, being used in a positive way for educational outcomes, we also acknowledge that there are many risks in using these. Our philosophy is to educate young people to make the right choices when using the Internet and to teach them how to be safe when using online technologies.
E-Safety is a national issue and we all must aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of Internet sites will enable young people to feel protected online.
As with all bullying, we will not tolerate cyber-bullying and would encourage young people and their parents to report any such issues to the school. In addition, if there are any concerns in relation to any content which is on the Internet or any persons who may be contacting young people, there is an option to report this online at CEOP here and clicking on the button which looks like this:
As parents, you can play a fundamental role in this aspect of their education. To stay up to date with further information and advice, please visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to find information on:
- What are the risks posed to your child online?
- What can you do to protect your child?
- Where can you go if you are concerned?
PARENTS AND CARERS
- Ensure the computer is kept in a busy area of the house, where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
- Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web browser’s controls to enable security on different websites.
- Inform your children not to share their personal information online.
- Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their ‘online world’ will promote online safety.
- Make sure you are old enough to join any sites.
- Do not post any personal information online including your phone number, address, passwords or which school you go to.
- Maybe use a made up name or nickname when signing up.
- Maybe use an email address that does not include your name.
- Always use a ‘strong’ password. That is, don’t use any names or words that someone may guess, like the name of your sibling or family member. Use random letters or numbers and change your password regularly.
- Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This means that only your friends will be able to view your information. Use the search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do this.
- Be very careful about sharing content online – especially if it isn’t yours to share. Illegal downloads are definitely best avoided.
- If anything happens online that you don’t like, tell someone.
- SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious, unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you trust.
CHILDLINE 0800 1111 – this number is free to call from any phone.
STOPITNOW 0800 1000 900