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St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

Walking in Theresa's Little Way

Online Safety

E-Safety for you and your child:

One of the most important areas you can help your child is by being computer savvy and understanding how important e-safety is for the overall development of your child’s well-being and education.  The link below is a Government site called “Think you know” and it will help you to understand how best to keep your child safe online both now and in the future:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

The following are also useful links for parents on how to keep children safe online:

A5 Online Safety Leaflet Final

Update on Wednesday, 19 January 2022:

Miss Nicholson has asked me to bring the safety leaflet below to your attention regarding a YouTube game/video that is wholly unsuitable for young people to be watching. It is YouTube horror game called 'Poppy Playtime' with a character called Huggy Wuggy who tries to kill you. Please refer to the leaflet below:

Horror Games Advice for Parents: Jan 2022.pdf

Update on Monday, 6 December 2021:

Please click on the links below for some vital information about online safety: 

We are hosting a special assembly on Internet Safety that parents/carers are invited to join.  Please click on the link below for the details of how you can join in:

 Be_Internet_Legends_Day_Assembly_Flyer.pdf

Squid Game Guidance

Kindness online guidance

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/cyber-bullying-statistics

https://www.ineqe.com/2020/03/30/houseparty-how-safe-is-the-app-taking-the-uk-by-storm/

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/wakeupwednesday/squid-game-trending-across-platforms-what-parents-need-to-know 

We held on-line safety training in school and about 15 parents attended (which the LCC officer leading the training said was amazing!) and they loved it.  They recommended that I put the training module on the website so here it is:

Parents Online Safety Talk March 2017

Safer use of ZOOM:

The following is information that has been given to us by LCC Officers regarding ZOOM and ZOOMBOMBING which apparently is a new phenomena:

Safer use of Zoom

From today (5th April 2020), Zoom are forcing users to password protect their meeting room. This is an important first step. Other things to do to protect your Zoom space are:

  • Use a new meeting room each time (i.e. don’t use the personal meeting ID)
  • Don’t allow attendees to join before host
  • Mute attendees on joining
  • Turn screen sharing off
  • Set up a ‘waiting room’
  • Lock your meeting room after you have started
  • Don’t publicise your meeting’s link on social media
  • Don’t share the screenshot of everyone, especially when it show the meeting ID
  • Try to have someone whose job it is to ‘manage the room’ and focus just on doing that.
  • Tell people what the Plan B is (ie. if you do have to abort the meeting where will the meeting move to and how can people rejoin)

Additionally,

  • Avoid sharing personal information
  • Turn off your video and microphone, unless it’s needed.

I have also included some simple guides to help parents set up parental controls on your child’s Xbox and/or Apple devices:

Parental Guide for Apple Devices

Parental Guide for XBox Family Settings

MOMO-Online-Safety-Guide-for-Parents-FEB-2019

Those of you who have been involved with the school for a while know that whilst I embrace and encourage modern technology I am also very cautious about the use of social media in school.  It can be a great force for good and I know many parents are on various platforms for social media including FaceBook, Snapchat and Twitter; all I would ask is that parents/carers exercise caution when posting or twitting anything to do with school and school life.  This is especially true of images that make contain pictures of children other than your own especially if you do this without prior permission from the other parents.  Parents should not attempt to be online friends with staff as this puts staff in a very compromised position as it is part of school policy that they should be as invisible online as possible.  The link below is the school’s e-Safety policy:

Online Safety Policy  

LCC Policy on Safer Use of ICT and Social Media for Staff

The children on the school council have been working on a booklet to help themselves to stay safe online; please click on the link below to take you to a PDF of the booklet.  Copies have been sent home with the children but it is also here for future reference:

Student Council Online Safety Leaflet 

We are all deeply committed to keep our young people safe online whilst at the same time giving them the skills and confidence to use the internet to its fullest potential for learning about our wonderful world.  We encourage parents to be vigilant and to monitor what their children are doing online and to be aware of who they are communicating with; we do this with regular updates and reminders on the weekly newsletter. (see below)

Staff are also very vigilant when it comes to internet and online safety.  This is the LCC guidance and policy adopted by staff:

On Line Safety Policy Guidance for Schools April 2020