St Martin’s School believes that online safety is an essential element of safeguarding children and adults in the digital world, when using technology such as computers, mobile phones or games consoles.
St Martin’s School identifies that the internet and information communication technologies are an important part of everyday life so children must be supported to be able to learn how to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk so they can be empowered to build resilience online.
St Martin’s School has a duty to provide the school community with quality Internet access to raise education standards, promote pupil achievement, support professional work of staff and enhance the schools management functions.
St Martin’s School also identifies that with this there is a clear duty to ensure that children are protected from potential harm online.
To Help Keep your Child Safe Online They Should:
- Ask permission before using the Internet and discuss what websites they are using
- Only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
- Only email people they know
- Ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
- Not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet (create a nick name)
- Never give out personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone number or mobile number
- Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet without talking to an adult first; always take an adult and meet in a public place
- Never tell someone they don’t know where they go to school or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform
- Only use a webcam with people they know
- Tell a trusted adult immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with
Info about apps
The following websites provide guidance through videos, games and information for pupils and parents: