The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Cyberbullying, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, sexual predation - technology often provides the platform that facilitates these types of harm.
We do all we can to limit children’s exposure to the above risks from our IT system. We work closely with our IT support team, the London Grid for Learning (LGFL) and our Internet Service Provider to ensure that appropriate filters, monitoring and security systems are in place and up to date.
As part of our computing curriculum, we give children advice and teach them the key skills and techniques they will need to stay safe online. We follow this up during PSHE lessons and deal with individual incidents of online harm, abuse and cyberbullying, according to our Safeguarding, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies and procedures.
However, we cannot control what children do online, outside of school. Parents need to take responsibility for this, and here are some simple actions you can take to make sure your children are safe online.
- Remember: you have chosen whether or not to buy your child a smart phone, tablet or games console and you pay the bill. All devices have parental control settings. It is your responsibility to make sure your child’s device is set up so that they cannot purchase or access inappropriate apps or sites.
- Talk to your child about why they go online, what apps and websites they use and what they use them for.
- Find out about the apps and websites your child is using. It is very easy to post and access inappropriate material on most social media apps. This is why the vast majority of them should not be used by children under the age of 13. You would be shocked by some of the videos, images and messages your children can access easily online.
- Explain to your child that what they post online can be seen, saved and used by others. They must always think before posting.
- Never share personal information online.
- Never respond or retaliate to abusive messages or posts.
- Block users who post abusive messages.
- Save, take a screen shot or print abusive messages you see or receive.
- Always report abusive messages or posts to the service provider and, if appropriate, to the police via the CEOP website (ceop.police.uk).
If you want further advice there are a number of useful websites you can access: