Safeguarding and eSafety
The safety of all children in the family of St Thomas' is always our priority. This includes when they are at school, under our care and also when they are at home.
There are some useful websites for you, as parents, to read for guidance and support around the issues of safety. In school all children receive e safety education as part of their computing and PSHE lessons, at a level appropriate to their age and understanding.
More and more parents are becoming aware of the issues surrounding esafety and ask for our advice or to be pointed in the right direction to find more information.
Digital Leaders explain E-Safety
To further educate the children in our school, the Digital Leaders led a very informative assembly to identify the need for E-Safety and taught the children ways of keeping themselves safe. They used videos, images, questions and props to do this successfully.
'Do not give any personal information anyway, including photographs and names,' shared Morgan.
How can parents increase children's safety on the Internet?
There are actions parents can take on their home computer to restrict what children do.
- Make sure that children do not have administrative access on the computer. It is very easy to set up separate user accounts for everyone who uses the computer
Once that is done the following become possible
- Activate Parental controls in the web browser. In Internet Explorer go to tools>Internet Options>Content>Parental Controls and also to Content Advisor. Other browsers such as Firefox have their own features
- Install web filtering/blocking software such as Cyber Patrol or Web Nanny
- Use child-friendly Search Engines.
- Find out as much as you can visiting some of these sites:
Think U know is a fantastic website for you as parents to read for your own information and for you to look at alongside your child.
The site has a wealth of information.
Many parents have been asking about Social Networking Sites .....which ones are 'safe', what children can do on them etc.
Other sites you may want to look at include -
If you have any questions at all please speak to your child's teacher or to Mrs Riglin-lead Learning Mentor.