Current Advice from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP):
Advice to parents – they should work to create a positive relationship with their children around their internet use, closely supervising younger children’s online access, and crucially, ensuring their children feel they can tell them (or another trusted adult) if they ever encounter anything worrying. Parental controls go some way to protecting children from accidentally viewing disturbing content but are unlikely to prevent it in many cases, for example when content has been deliberately spliced into content aimed at children. Inappropriate content should be reported direct to the online service it appears on”.
Internet Safety is vitally important to us at St Thomas, which is why we have regular sessions with children discussing both the benefits and dangers of the online world.
We are a National Online Safety certified school and offer a wide range of workshops, teaching and training for all of our staff, governors, children and parents/carers. Here some other ways we try to keep children safe online:
- School’s internet service is heavily filtered by our Internet Service Provider.
- We have a current E-safety Policy
- When teaching Computing, our staff include online safety as part of the curriculum.
- We run regular assemblies which give children opportunities to learn about and discuss online safety issues. All children are also aware that if they are ever worried about anything they can talk to any adult in school about this and are always welcome to go and see Mr Sanchez.
- Teachers run workshops to teach children and adults about online safety and cyber-bullying issues.
- Posters are displayed around school.
Please view our Help for Parents page for more guidance and advice surrounding online safety, parental controls and specific Apps and websites.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Headteacher with any questions about online safety.
Top Online Safety tips for Parents:
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore.
- Set parental controls on all internet enabled devices.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
- Talk to your child about being respectful online and how to report unacceptable behaviour.