Being online is an integral part of young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites, virtual realities & apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops & tablets – all of which form a part of young people’s online world in the 21st Century. The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
There are several key areas where young people need to keep themselves safe online.
The above list is not exhaustive, but is the most prevalent in our work with young people. E-safety forms a fundamental part of our work in safeguarding our students. As a school we educate and advise students with regards to their online behaviour in numerous ways including;
When using technology in school St Thomas More School has an acceptable use policy (AUP) that endeavours to ensure maximum online safety whilst we are in the school environment by educating all of our community and preventing access to non-educational sites. If there are any instances of students attempting to use technology inappropriately or in an unsafe way, we will contact families immediately.
|– I have thought about why I want to go online.|
– I have checked my privacy settings to make sure content is suitable for my age.
– I don’t have aimless screen time – there is a purpose.
– I am the appropriate age to access certain social media.
– I can show I have an awareness of online dangers.
|– I think about the content I post online.|
– I think carefully about the content I share via messaging services.
– I think about who I tag in posts and their feelings.
– I think about images I send and receive when using apps like snapchat.
– I think about the feelings of others before I send messages to them or about them.
|– I know how to report anything which worries me online.|
– I know who to report an unwanted online contact too.
– I understand that I should be careful about who I make friends with online..
– I know that not everyone online is who they say they are.
– I understand that when I send something (Images, Videos etc), I no longer have control over it.
It is important to highlight that the major social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat) have a minimum user age of 13. Families need to be aware of the risks of underage use of sites, so you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not.
Should you decide to allow your child of any age to have a social media profile we offer the following advice:
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