E-Safety at St Mark's

We take E-Safety very seriously at St Mark's RC  Primary School and we try to educate both our children and parents in the best ways to stay safe on line.

 

These pages are updated to inform parents about E-Safety and to provide links to resources and guidance that may be useful.

 

We seek parental permission for children's photographs to be added to the school website and we never name children or include any personal information. Please scroll down for website links and information.

 

The E Safety 5P's For Parents

Keep in the know about e-safety and follow the 5Ps for parents.

Positive - Stay positive about social networking sites. Strike a balance between educating children to behave safely and trusting them to get on with it.

Privacy - Make sure children know how to use privacy settings. Explain the importance of keeping information private and not sharing everything with everyone. Check they know all their online friends. If they don't, delete them.

Photos - Check that any photos posted are suitable. Photos can easily be copied, changed or circulated. They can potentially stay online forever.

Postings - Establish ground rules about what is and isn't acceptable to say - about themselves and others.

Parents - Encourage children to tell you about inappropriate contact that makes them feel uncomfortable. Offensive images or messages can be reported to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

 

Online Safety

With the Internet now playing a part in everyday life, it is very important that we educate Children, Staff, Parents and Carers "How to Stay Safe Online."
 
Our staff teach e-Safety across the school in Computing and Citizenship lessons and through interaction online and discussion offline. We have had a special assembly for the whole school - talking about the sharing of information online and use of mobile devices - to a special assembly and e-safety poster competition on the annual Safer Internet Day where pupils were reminded of the  SMART Rules from Childnet:
 
 

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is any bullying behaviour that takes place ‘virtually’ via mobile devices like phones and tablets, through online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and is also common on gaming sites. Cyberbullying can happen in or outside school – whenever and wherever children have access to phones or the internet. Examples of this kind of behaviour include inappropriate text messaging, e-mailing or blogging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, excluding individuals from group chat and creating false personas to mock or humiliate others. There is strong expectation from government that teachers will tackle all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, and in recent years they have extended powers such as the specific power to search for and delete inappropriate images/files on electronic devices, including mobile phones.

 

Find below some useful links to keep you and your family safe on the Internet.  Here are links to some very useful sites:

Parent Info Articles

Parent Info Internet Safety

BT Parental Control

Sky Broadband Parental Control

TalkTalk Broadband Parental Control

Virgin Media Broadband Parental Control

Plusnet Broadband Parental Control

 

Parental Controls

Parental Controls give you some control over the content that can be viewed on devices connected to your home network. These include PC's, Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets.

If you are worried about what your child may be accessing on your home network, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to arrange to have these restrictions enabled on your account or see the below guides from a few different providers.

PARENTS AND CARERS WEBSITE -https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

This website supports parents and carers in protecting their children from abuse online. The site provides advice for parents who are concerned about their children, as well as those just looking to learn more about what they can do to keep their children safe.

There are guides to social media sites, information and advice and this site has up to date advice for parents on some of the latest issues. Please do take the time to visit this site.

 

"OURPACT"

"Our pact"  is a parental control app which allows parents to block the child's Wi-fi for whatever time length they choose. It can be used with IPhones, I-Pads and IPods as well as with Android devices.

This app enables parents to set limits on how much time children spend online as well as creating schedules and blocking all internet and app use at a moment’s notice. There is a parental monitor dashboard on the app.

You can find further information and download the app from their website.