As a technical school, we put a lot of emphasis in online safety and ensuring that the students understand the risks that the internet may bring.
We have assemblies which constantly remind the students of the dangers which they face when publishing content online, particularly on social media websites. Recently a representative of the NSPCC came along to guest speak to promote online safety and provide information about the services they offer to help children.
As a school, we take preventative measures such as blocking all inappropriate websites on our computers, laptops and iPads. The internet usage within school is also monitored by a software called Impero and our ICT suites are supervised by a member of staff throughout the day.
Social media websites are blocked at the school, however social media makes up the majority of a young person's internet usage. Most social media websites have a minimum usage age of 13 years. All of these sites have privacy and secuirty settings which can be customised to ensure the safety of a young person while they are using such websites.
Most mobile devices can connect to the internet whether it is through a wired connection, 3G or WiFi. It is a lot easier to conceal what they are doing on a mobile device.
As a parent, there are a few actions you can take to protect your children from the risks of the internet:
- Knowing what apps are installed on your child's mobile device.
- Knowing the passcode to access their device, if needed.
- Understanding that once content is shared with others, it can't be taken back.
- Knowing who your children are talking to.
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