At St Monica’s we believe that staying safe online is of the utmost priority. Below you can view our e-safety policy.
Below are a number of links to guides, checklists and websites that can help keep your child save online.
The technology children use in their daily lives can seem daunting. You might worry about the risks they can face online, such as bullying, contact from strangers, as well as the possibility of access to inappropriate or illegal content. To help them stay safe, it is important that you understand how your child uses the internet. By following this simple checklist you can start to protect them and decrease the risks they face.
Social networking sites allow people around the world to share information. But how can you help your children stay safe when they socialise online? It may seem difficult to protect details on Social Networking Sites but a few simple clicks here and there will make sure that some important privacy settings are in place.
Whilst your children are online they may come across websites displaying inappropriate pop-ups and advertisements. It’s important to teach your child how to delete pop-ups. Knowing how to block a website can stop them from being targeted by spammers who use adware and pop-ups to attack their computer.
Help your children develop the knowledge and social skills to make sensible decisions about the people that they meet online.
Any information we put online will remain there forever, for anyone to see. It’s almost impossible to delete it. This means it is important to thoroughly consider what you and your children should reveal about yourselves on the internet. You should teach your children which pieces of information should be private and also help them to understand in which situations they should share private details and when they shouldn’t give anything away at all.
Through the internet children are now able to communicate with people from all over the world. Online ‘friendships’ can sometimes evolve into real-life friendships. This means your children may be interested in meeting virtual strangers.
Do you know your friends? Who can find what you post on Facebook? How does your profile appear? How do you use your friends lists? Do you know how to de-activate your account? Be in control of what you share online?
For many parents, the convenience of knowing where their kids are at all times is more than enough to warrant the price of a smartphone. In fact, a solid 90% of children under the age of 16 in the UK have a mobile. But as with anything else, smart phones come with both their pros and their cons, and when you’re talking about kids, the issue gets even trickier.
What is SEXTING and how can you support and protect your child? Sexting is when people send explicit photographs or messages to each other via their mobile phone or online. The NSPCC and Childline have put together some comprehensive information for parents and carers on this topic.
If someone’s trying to get you to send them naked images of yourself, use the images on Zipit to keep the situation in control. Zipit helps you get flirty chat back on the right track. It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game. You can also share images from Zipit through other apps like Whatsapp or Instagram, depending on what kind of phone you have and what apps you have on your phone.