Internet Safety

Whilst the internet provides some fantastic learning resources, games and general information, it is crucial to understand some of the risks that the internet poses to young people. It is crucial that all of our learners are safe at all times. At our school, we endeavour to ensure that we bring maximum awareness to our community in regard the safe usage of the internet.

Parental responsibility

Our school endeavours to work in partnership with parents in monitoring the safety of all our students. As a parent, you are also responsible to ensuring that your child is safe when using the internet. It is very important for parents to also know how to use the internet so that you can track what your child is doing and monitor the websites that is being accessed. This also makes parents aware of some of the dangers that the internet poses. Parents are welcome to ask the school for help if they require any advice or assistance. Additionally, when joining Rainham School for Girls, all students sign our Acceptable User policy meaning that they are accountable for their own actions and their parents’ accountable on their behalf. It is therefore crucial to work in partnership with the school to minimise the risks that students are exposed to when using the internet.

What are the dangers and risks to my child from the internet?

 

Content
(Child is exposed to this material)

Contact
(Child is communicating)

Conduct
(Child is actively doing Something themselves)

Commercial

Adverts Spam

Personal information given

Illegal downloading
Gambling
Hacking
Financial Scams

Aggressive

Violent content

Being Bullied
Being Stalked

Bullying others

Sexual

Pornographic images/text

Being Groomed
Meeting Strangers

Uploading inappropriate material

Values

Racism
Bias
Misleading info

Is subject to persuasion (self-harm/anorexia)

Providing misleading info to others

Information on the table was taken from "Safer Children in a Digital World" - a report by Dr Tanya Byron.

What can I do as a parent?

  • Turn safe searches on at home so that dangerous websites can be filtered and blocked.
  • Ensure that all privacy settings are used on any social networking sites at home to protect your daughter’s private information.
  • Talk to your daughter about the dangers of the internet and the reasons why it is so important to stay safe when online.
  • Contact the school for any advice or guidance regarding any online safety issues.
  • PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is a website designed to inform and support schools and families.
  • We would encourage parents to use the following websites to find out more information regarding e-safety:

Block'em Think u know  PACEfor Parents

 If there is an issue, what should I do?

  • Speak to someone. Talk to a parent, friend or a teacher. You can also use the Advice helpline from CEOP by clicking on the button below.

CEOP Think u know for Students