Eastern High School are committed to ensuring that our students are safe when using the internet as part of their studies at school. However, we know that the majority of our pupils access the internet outside of school via smart phones, tablets and laptop.
You play a key role in supporting your children to learn about how to stay safe online, and you are likely to be one of the first people your child will turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
- Carry out spot checks on the devices that your children use, looking at images, videos, and social media
- Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, e.g. Facebook privacy settings
- Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
- Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer
Children and young people go online to connect with friends, and make new ones, to search the internet for information, chat with others and play games. They may:
- Search for information or content on search engines like Google and Bing
- Share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps like Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, YouTube and Whatsapp
- Use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter
- Write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
- Play games alone or with others through websites, apps or game consoles
- Chat with other people through online games, BBM (Blackberry Messenger), game consoles, webcams, social networks and tools like Whatsapp.
When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online.
How can I report safety concerns?
- You can call 101 and discuss your concerns with a police operator
- You can contact school and ask to speak to your child's House Officer or the Child Protection Officer
We have a Police School Liaison Officer, PC Gareth Brien, who can offer support and advice regarding concerns about e safety. PC Gareth regularly delivers sessions to our pupils about e safety.
You may find the following websites helpful.