E-Safety – Parent Advice
The internet is an integral part of children’s lives these days; it opens up many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to, quite literally, a world of information and experiences.
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Here at Fort Pitt we are doing all that we can to educate and protect our students in their use of ICT and the internet to re-enforce the responsibilities that our students have when surfing the web, we are also delivering e-Safety during PSHE and ICT lessons and through regular assemblies.
Within school, filtered internet usage is regularly monitored. In addition, we have implemented a system which monitors all school network activity, detecting ‘violations’ as they occur – for example, any use of inappropriate language in e-mails and documents, or potential signs of cyber-bullying. These violations are automatically flagged to administrative staff, and dealt with accordingly.
Obviously, we can only provide these safeguards within school – it is equally important that students are encouraged to use the internet safely and responsibly outside school. For further information and practical advice on staying safe on-line, please take the time to visit the websites on the left hand side of this page
Please click on all the links here to find out more about CEOP, to view the BBC Panorama programmes on internet and to look at the ‘TUK?-ThinkUknow link on the left hand side of this page or go to www.mscb.co.uk-publications, to look at their useful E-safety booklet which has a section especially for parents.