Internet Online Safety Update for Parents

  • Are you struggling to keep up with what your child is doing on line?
  • Do you know if they are safe?

At Bank View all our students cover e-Safety as part of their work in ICT. However, the school recognises that parents may also need help with e-Safety issues and making sure children are safe at home.

To assist parents we are providing some simple tips:

1. Talk to your child about how they use the internet and what they are up to on-line. Be part of their on-line life and show an interest. Find out which web sites they visits and what they like about these sites. If they know you understand they are more likely to talk to you about any problems.

2. Remind children about the risks of posting photographs or video clips of themselves on-line. Once a picture or video clip has been posted, even if it is deleted after only a few hours, it may have been copied, shared or altered by others.

3. Stress the importance of keeping personal information safe. Children should not reveal dates of birth, names of schools or clubs attended, home addresses, phone numbers on line.

4. Remind your child not arrange to meet anyone that they have met on-line unless they are accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

5. Remind your child that they should report anything that worries them on the internet or any email or text message they have received from an adult. At school we emphasise that it is essential to “tell someone”.

6. Visit the ThinkuKnow web site (www.thinkuknow.co.uk) and watch the videos with your child. This site is used by the school as part of our e-Safety work.

7. Set boundaries in the on-line world just as you would in the real world. Think about what your child might see, what they might share, who they talk to and how long they spend on line.

8. Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space so that you can see which web sites they are visiting. If this is not possible check on your child’s use of computers, tablets, mobile phones and other internet accessible devices regularly.

9. Be aware of what equipment connects to the internet such as TV’s, desktop and laptop computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Use parental control settings. Internet and mobile phone service operators provide various parental control options (contact them for details) and many anti-virus software packages (e.g. McAfee) provide parental control options too.

10. Remind children that they must use the internet and mobile phones responsibly. It is an offence under the Malicious Communication Act 1998 to send post or text offensive, threatening, racist, homophobic or indecent material etc.

11. Parents should remember that Facebook has an age restriction of 13 and under the terms and conditions of use children under that age should not use it.

It is hoped that you find the above information useful and it enables your family to enjoy the positive benefits that e-communication brings and avoid any possible problems and dangers.

Bank View High School Computing Department

Created: March, 2014
Reviewed: April 2016

Online Safety Policy Reviewed: 14/01/2016

Next review: 14/01/2018


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Please see safeguarding tab, then online safety for links to websites that help support parents keep their children safe online.