Welcome to our school page for Online Safety at St Joseph’s.
The safety of our children is paramount in all we do. We will post, news and tips to support you, ensuring your children are safe when using the internet at home. For some of us, it seems overwhelming to try and navigate through all the websites and social media platforms our children are exposed to. We hope this page will provide you with the support to make that possible!
If there are specific online areas you are struggling with please email your class email with suggestions and we will try and post some relevant information here for you.
Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child’s online activities. However, nothing is totally foolproof so they shouldn’t replace the need for you to support and advise your child using the internet.
Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.
Make sure they know where to go for support: Remind your child they can always speak to you or an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried or upset.
Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as the living room or kitchen, where an adult is able to supervise. Primary-age children should not access the internet in private spaces alone, such as in a bedroom or bathroom.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) command helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.