ONLINE SAFETY AT ST. MARK'S
We take online safety very seriously at St. Mark's. If you have any queries or questions please speak to your child's teacher, Mrs Sellins , Home School Partnership Manager, or Miss Moulson, our Online Safety Lead. You can email Mrs Sellins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of useful links on this page to help you as well.
Letters sent home and some useful parent guides are below:
How to set up parental controls at home:
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How to talk to your children about online safety
I don't feel safe online. What should I do?
If you have seen something on the internet that worries you, please tell an adult straight away.
If you are being bullied online or receiving hurtful text messages please:
- Don’t reply: most of the time the bully is looking for a reaction when they’re teasing or calling someone nasty names.
- Save the evidence: save emails or text messages or screen shots. This will help you report the bullying.
- Tell someone: tell a trusted adult if you are being online bullied.
At St Mark's we believe that everybody has the right to feel safe. Bullying and online bullying are defined in our Behaviour and Anti-bullying Policy. This policy also shows the clear steps we take when bullying is reported.
OUR ONLINE SAFETY CODE
- I always ask permission from a teacher before using the internet.
- I only use the internet when there is an adult supervising me.
- I never use anyone else’s username and password.
- I am always polite and kind when I post things on websites.
- I will report any unpleasant websites or comments to my teacher immediately.
- I never give my full name, home address or telephone number when I’m on the internet.
- I never arrange to meet anyone when I'm using the internet.
- I never use my personal email account or any social networking sites while I'm at school.
- If I bring a mobile phone to school, I only use it to contact my parents/carers, and I place it in the classroom locker during school hours.
10 ways to stay safe online
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Never give out your passwords
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
How do we educate children to build knowledge, skills and capability when it comes to online safety?
Each class carries out a unit of online safety learning. For example, in Year 1 children begin to learn that passwords are private, and in Year 6 children learn to say no to inappropriate requests. We also take part in 'Safer Internet Day' - every class takes part in activities. Online safety is part of our everyday conversations with pupils, it does not sit alone. We discuss how to stay safe online, what to do if we feel unsafe online and also about how we should behave online. We have everyday conversations with pupils about their online lives, so they feel confident to come to us when things may become a bit tricky online.