Here at Our Lady Queen of Peace School we take the issue of Internet Safety very seriously and on this page you will find information that will support you as parents/guardians.
The internet is a fantastic resource for both education and entertainment but with it comes an element of risk. We work with our pupils in school to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.
All pupils, staff and volunteers in school are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy outlining acceptable behaviours when using the school's network and internet systems. This is reviewed for pupils as they leave Keystage 1 and begin Keystage 2. Parents are also asked to sign an acceptable use agreement providing permission and guidance on the use of pupil images.
We annually support Safer Internet Day and will be scheduling activities for this year's Safer Internet Day.
Our curriculum provides e-safety education as part of the pupil's computing lessons and also in other curriculum subjects.
We also recognise the importance of all members of the school being involved in the development of our e-safety provision and as a result we have a dedicated e-safety council consisting of members of Years 5 and 6 that meet regularly with staff and senior management to promote the importance of e-safety to both pupils and parents. The outcome from these meetings is then discussed termly with our school governor responsible for e-safety and safeguarding. All staff and Governors also receive regular esafety training.
Cyberbullying and online harassment
Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.
However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police
Here’s an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice: -
What is cyberbullying and online harassment?
- Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.
- Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.
Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.
There’s a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at: bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying/
For more information from West Mercia Police on Cyberbullying please go to:
How you can stay safer?
- Think before you post: when posting or commenting online, consider what you say and what effect it may have. Never post comments that are abusive, threatening or are likely to cause offence to others.
- Keep personal information personal: do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts – particularly about your personal details and activities.
- Make the most of privacy settings: keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.
Social media help sections can show you how to block users, change your privacy and contact settings, and report abusive content:
· Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/help/
· Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/
· Instagram - https://help.instagram.com/
· LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin
· Google+ - https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382
· Pintrest - https://help.pinterest.com/en
· Tumblr - https://www.tumblr.com/abuse
· Snapchat - https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB
Report cyberbullying to internet service providers: lots of content online is offensive or upsetting. It’s not always a criminal offence, but it often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Service providers are often keen to take action against users who abuse their terms of service.
If you believe that you are the victim of online bullying, keep a record of the content (for example, take a screenshot). You can use this to help your report
As a parent the fast changing pace of technology and internet use can leaves us a little dizzy. Often it can feel like children know more than we do. It is important that you, as parents, stay in touch with your child's internet usage.
This page will provide some useful parental links that will help keep you updated with internet safety advice.
It is important that you familiarise yourself with the CEOP Button and that you show your child how to use it to report a concern.
Rethink Words app - This app is available for parents to download onto Apple or Android devices. This app is designed to get children to think about what they type in a bid to combat online bullying.
Useful e safety Links
This website will give you lots of advice on how to use the internet safely and responsibly.
Remember our SMART Rules
Mobile Phone Safety - a guide to keeping safe whilst using your mobile phone
The SMART rules - A link to the Kidsmart Website for internet safety.
Safe Online Gaming
Many games console games can now be played whilst connecting with others online. It is important to understand that whilst this can enhance your playing experience it is important to behave safely. The link below will provide some useful tips on staying safe while online gaming.
It is also important when asking for a new game that it is suitable for your age range. Many games that are released today contain content that is not suitable for children.On each game box there will be an icon showing the rating like the ones below.
This rating means that a game is suitable for children above that age.
A selection of Internet safety games