At Glenwood School, we view online safety as a child protection issue rather than an ICT issue, equivalent to road safety and stranger danger etc. We want our pupils to use these technologies responsibly, recognise unsafe situations, have fun, stay in control and know what to do if something goes wrong. Each year, to coincide with Safer Internet Day, all pupils receive a series of lessons during the first half of the spring term focussing on online safety.
During their five years at Glenwood School, your child’s lessons will include the following topics:
- How to report concerns
- Rules for using the internet at home and school
- ‘Think before you click‘ – once sent you can’t go back’ e.g. sending an e-mail, Facebook message
- The dangers of meeting people through the internet
- What is personal information?
- Privacy settings on social networking sites
- Cyberbullying and its effects
- Internet trolls
- Keeping your computer safe; use of virus protection, strong passwords etc.
- Online gambling and gaming addiction
- Sending inappropriate images / Sexting
- Examples of misuse in the news and the effects e.g. loss of job, embarrassment
- Employers using Facebook to learn more about job applicants.
In addition, news articles related to online safety are included in ICT lessons as they arise.
The school receives the internet via a filtered connection from Hampshire County Council. In addition, we subscribe to Securus, a system that monitors all electronic activities both within the school i.e. online and offline, ensuring that our pupils are safeguarded against the wide range of threats they face in this digital age. Any breaches of policy can be immediately identified and dealt with, enabling the promotion of lasting improvements in pupil behaviour as well as the safe and responsible use of new technology.
Informing and educating pupils about online safety is an on-going task that continues throughout your child’s time at Glenwood School.
Below are some links related to keeping safe on the internet which you may find helpful.
If you would like further information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Letter to Parents (January 2016)
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Resources / Useful websites
Think U Know
National Online Safety
Safely Raising Children in an Online World