At our school, we like to ensure that Internet use supports St Teresa’s educational aims and that responsibilities to pupils are met. Our policy sets out the ways in which Internet services should be used, the standards of behaviour we expect from all users and the sanctions for misuse. To ensure all electronic communications technologies are used safely means educating pupils on risks and responsibilities and is part of the ‘duty of care’ which applies to everyone working with children; therefore making this another aim of this policy.
Please click here to access our documents relating to Safeguarding and e-Safety.
Online Resources for Parents and Carers
Parent Information and Factsheet: Who to contact and what to do to keep your children safe online. Parent Factsheet
Supporting Young People Online: Keeping the Internet an inspiring and positive place. Information and Advice
Conversation Starters: Some helpful advice on how to talk to your children about their internet use. Conversation Starters
Parent Info: Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online http://parentinfo.org
A Parents Guide to Technology: The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly. www.saferinternet.org.uk/parent-tech
Internet Parental Controls: The four big internet providers - BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website. www.saferinternet.org.uk/parental-controls
Safety Tools on Social Networks and other Online Services: Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people. www.saferinternet.org.uk/safety-tools
Online Gaming: Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online. www.childnet.com/online-gaming
Music, Film, TV and the Internet: Childnet has developed this guide with the music, film and television industries to inform parents, teachers and young people about how to stay safe and legal when enjoying entertainment on the internet or via a mobile device. www.childnet.com/downloading
Young People and Social Networking Sites: Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks. www.childnet.com/sns
Where to Report/Get Help
Need Help? Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour. www.saferinternet.org.uk/need-help
Child Exploitation and Online Protection: A police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This website includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online. www.ceop.police.uk
CEOP’s Think U Know website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online. www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Internet Watch Foundation: Part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the IWF is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally. www.iwf.org.uk
NSPCC: If you have concerns about the safety of a child then contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children can talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting ChildLine on 0800 1111 or chatting to a counsellor online at www.childline.org.uk
Family Lives: A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. Useful advice and information is available online at www.familylives.org.uk and they provide a free confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.
Parent Port: A website run by the UK’s media regulators, allowing you to report content unsuitable for children found in a programme, advert, film, video game, newspaper/magazine or other forms of media. www.parentport.org.uk