What is Online Safety?
Online safety not only means accessing the internet on a computer, but all other ways in which children access technology and communication e.g. mobile phones, iPads, online gaming etc. Whilst the internet and technology can be a very valuable tool to support children's learning, there are times when it can have negative effects on children. It is important for schools and parents to be aware of the potential dangers and ensure safe usage by all.
Online Safety at SMSJ
At SMSJ children are taught about online safety through the computing curriculum and as stand alone lessons during Safety weeks / Internet Safety days. We use the resources that can be found on the 'Think You Know' website (see link below). Please also see below for our Online Safety Policy.
Online Safety at Home
It is important to talk to your child about how they use the internet and ensure that you are aware of sites they are visiting and who they may be communicating with.
We have put together a list of websites for parents that provide ideas and support for promoting internet safety at home.
Online Safety Policy
Safer Internet Day 2019
MoMo Challenge - Information for Parents
National Online Safety have developed a tool for parents in regards to the ‘Momo Challenge’ concerns. Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently YouTube Kids. For a guide on this, including what you need to know about it, please click on the link below or the PDF document above:
Child Safety - YouTube Factsheet for Parents
A Parent's Guide to Gaming
Child Safety - Fortnite
What is Cyber/Online Bullying?
Cyberbullying or online bullying is bullying that takes place through the use of technology e.g. text message, email, social network sites, gaming etc. Through PSHE and internet safety lessons in school, our children are made aware of what cyber/online bullying is, how to prevent it and what to do if they are concerned.
What to do if you think your child is a victim of Cyber/online bullying.
If you feel that your child is being bullied online you can talk to their class teacher who may pass the details on to our Online Safety Coordinator. Settings can be changed on phones, email, gaming consoles and social networking sites etc. to make profiles and addresses private and block users. It is important to save or print off all the messages or emails that your child has received, as evidence.
The website below provides further information for parents on cyber/online bullying.
Reporting an Online Issue.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) work in the UK and overseas to identify online threats to children and protect them from harm. They work to prevent grooming and exploitation of children. Grooming is a process of manipulating a child (e.g. threats or bribes) to gain control over them.
If you feel your child is a victim of grooming or has received inappropriate communication online it can be reported to CEOP on their website (see link below) or by clicking on the CEOP button which appears on a number of social network and communication websites. If your child is in immediate danger you should phone the police. You can also speak to the school's Online Safety Coordinator if you are ever worried.