E-Safety for Parents

The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with information, knowledge, games and communities. At St. Matthew’s we value computing and encourage our pupils to use a wealth of resources and technologies to aid their learning and understanding of the internet. However, we feel that it is important for our pupils to safely use the internet. We appreciate that as parents and carers you will do your utmost to support us to ensure that your children are protected and safe whilst using the internet at school and at home.

‘We live in a society where digital media is ever growing. Children often don’t distinguish between life online and life offline.’

‘We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media. The choice is how well we do it.’ – Erik Qualman

Below is some information that we feel as parents will be very valuable to you in keeping your children safe online and how to report any incidents that your child could be potentially exposed to whilst using the internet and social/digital media:

Firstly we encourage you as parents to set up filters on your home internet and install parental controls on any device that your child uses. O2 are partnered with the NSPCC and offer a service both instore and online to aid parents with this setup, where specialist ‘Guru’s’ can assist you. This is free to access and you don’t have to be an O2 customer to utilise this service.

Secondly, there are a wealth of organisations and resources for you to access to help you to protect your child/ren online. The links for these are provided below: –

  • CEOP (for child exploitation and online protection.)
  • NSPCC (For cyberbullying and online safety advice.)
  • ThinkUKnow (For general online safety on a variety of topics.)

We will be putting a link on our website page for ParentInfo. this provides up to the minute information, advice and support. Livestream apps are posing the highest level of risk to children and young adults as of February 2018. We will be running a parent workshop regarding this and other dangers later in the year (Date TBC.)

If you have any concerns regarding online safety you can speak directly to: –

  • Mrs Curry – CEOP Ambassador and ICT Coordinator
  • Mrs Hatherley – Safeguarding Lead
  • Mrs Pye – Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead

Other useful organisations:

  • Barnardos – Website
  • Childline – Website – Telephone: 0800 1111
  • Saferinternet.org – Website – Telephone: 0344 381 4772
  • Childnet.com – Website – Telephone: 020 7639 6967