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Online Safety

 

At BSCS we recognise that being online is an important part of life for our students, not just as part of education, but for social interaction, leisure and creative expression.

We ensure all our students are given regular esafety training in discrete PSHE lessons, as part of their Computing Curriculum, during core days at post 16 and in assemblies. In this training we cover:

  • Online reputations
  • Cyberbullying
  • Access to inappropriate materials (such as pornography and violence)
  • Sexting and sharing images
  • Sharing personal information
  • Communication with strangers

 

 Parents and e-safety

As parents, we often assume our children know more than us about IT, because many of them spend so much time using it. However, what they don’t know more about is how to be safe, make sound judgements about social interactions and how to get themselves out of a tricky or scary situation.

Although we cover online safety extensively at school, conversations at home are by far the most effective method of protecting our children. Knowing they can turn to someone at home if they make a mistake or if they are unsure about anything can help prevent situations escalating into a more major problem.

There are lots of helpful resources online to support parents with having conversations about online safety. We have gathered together a handful below that contain excellent resources to help you.

If you would like any further information, training or support with online safety. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact   amanda.morton@bradleystokecs.org.uk

 

Screentime for Mental Health - 29 January 2020

27 February 2020 - We have recently run assemblies and lessons on online addiction and how spending too much time online (phones, social media and gaming) can negatively impact our wellbeing. You can view the assembly here: http://www.bradleystokecs.org.uk/docs/Safeguarding/Online_addiction.pdf.

It is really important that we get students to think about how much of their lives are spent online and the impact this can have on their sleep, mental health and self-confidence. We recently surveyed students and it showed that our students spend more time online that other young people in the South West -  some of the other headline results showed:

  • 40% of students say they spend more than 5 hours per day at the weekend on social media
  • 75% of students say they use Social media everyday
  • 58% of students said they use social media in the 30 minutes before going to sleep

We all need to help our children control their amount of screen time, as they are not good at doing that for themselves. However, getting them off devices can be a difficult battle. If you would like further information on how to set parental controls or more information on how it can impact on us, please see the links below.

 

Online Addiction - 27 February 2020

 

Vodafone digital parenting

This site gives you up to date information on threats to children, new technologies and the latest trends. It also covers how to have awkward conversations with your child

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/

 

NSPCC 

This website gives you information on technology you can use to keep your child safe including links to how to set up parental controls and information on online gaming and social networking.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety

Thinkuknow
This website is managed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection government agency, this site has lots of up to date information on the new technologies available for use and explains the risks of using these technologies in and easily digestible format. 
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

UK Safer Internet Centre
The Safer Internet Centre, holds e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
www.saferinternet.org.uk

Know IT All
Award winning resources for teachers and parents.
www.childnet.com/resources/kia

Kidsmart
A Website where you and your children can learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents

Digizen
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
www.digizen.org

  

 

You can find more information and how to find, control and block apps and tools on smart phones here:

https://appsolutelyapril.com/2018/03/21/10-apps-teens-are-using-that-parents-need-to-know/

You can also get some helpful information on different apps and how to discuss their use with your child here:

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/