Many of our pupils now have access
to mobile Internet devices such as smartphones and tablets and whilst
this can offer peace of mind for parents being able to contact their
children, it may also pose a threat to the child’s privacy and online
Many social media apps should not be used by
individuals under the age of 13 years old. However, we do understand
that parents often give children permission to use these apps and may
also use them themselves to contact their own children. The default
setting for most of these applications is that profile information is
public which means that anybody using the app may be able to find the
user and contact them. If your child has a smart phone, tablet or any
other device with Internet access, please make yourself aware of what
apps they are installing and help them to set their privacy before they
start using the app so that only people they know can contact them.
The NSPCC website
offer some good advice such as setting parental controls on all the
devices that your children use and highlight some of the issues that
children face online. Other websites such as bewebsmart.com
have some easy-to-follow user guides for setting up privacy and security settings on a wide range of apps.
at school - Do you know our rules for using the school computers and
use the school computers and Internet connection for learning. These
rules will help us to be fair to others and keep everyone safe.
- I will ask permission before entering any Web site, unless
my teacher has already approved that site.
- If I see anything I am unhappy with or I receive messages I
do not like, I will tell a teacher immediately.
am aware that some websites and social networks have age restrictions
and I should respect this.I will not look at or delete other people's
- I will keep my logins and passwords secret.
- I will only email people I know, or whom my teacher has
- I will ask for permission before opening an email or an
email attachment sent by someone I do not know.
- The messages I send will be polite and sensible.
will not give my home address, phone number, send a photograph or
video, or give any personal information that could be used to identify
me, my family or friends, unless a trusted adult has given permission.
will never arrange to meet someone I have only previous met on the
Internet, unless my parent/carer has given me permission and I take a
responsible adult with me.
- I know that the school may check my computer files and may
monitor the Internet sites I visit.
- I understand that if I deliberately break these rules, I
could be stopped from using the Internet or my email address