Today’s children are growing up online, in a world of social networks, online gaming, chat, blogs, searching and sharing. It provides a wealth of information and opportunities for communication, investigation, and creativity. However it also brings a level of risk directly into your home and to your child’s mobile phone.
Radnor House takes e-safety and the protection of our pupils on the internet very seriously. Pupils are taught about both the benefits and risks of using the internet during Digital Literacy lessons and also during Internet Safety week every February. The school’s system is filtered and monitored and each child and parent must sign the school’s Acceptable Use Policy. A member of our staff is a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador and is trained to provide advice to parents and other teachers.
The best protection is through communication with your child, but there are lots of other ways you can help. Here are some suggestions:
- Talk to your child about what they do online, and continue this as they grow
- Be aware of the risks and how to minimise them
- Keep your computers and mobile devices in “family” space
- Understand the technology, apps and games, have a go yourself
- Use parental controls on your internet, computers, mobile devices, TV’s and gaming consoles
- Set boundaries as you would in the real world
- Ensure your child realises that not everyone is who they say they are
- Make sure your child knows what to do if something goes wrong
If you ever feel that someone has acted inappropriately towards a child or young person you can get help, advice or report it using the Click Ceop in the links box opposite.
CEOP in conjunction with ParentZone have created "ParentInfo", a useful list of articles on e-safety and other parenting issues. Links to current articles on digital issues are shown below.