Teaching & Learning

Online Safety

Online Safety at Valence School

Our Online Safety Policy 2016

The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Students use the Internet widely outside and within school and at Valence we promote the need to learn how to evaluate Internet information and to take care of their own safety and security.

To help us, we follow the SMART rules:

SAFE:

Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information, such as your full name, email address, phone number, home address, photos or school name- to people you are chatting with online.

MEETING

Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present.

ACCEPTING

Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems- they may contain viruses or nasty messages.

RELIABLE

Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they really are.

TELL

Tell your parent, carer or trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. You can report online abuse to the police at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Some parents and carers of our students may like to know that in addition to parental controls offered by your internet service provider (ISP), some devices, such as games consoles, tablets and smart phones have additional settings. Please read the Parents' Guide to Technology produced by the Safer Internet Centre for more information.

Here are some useful links to help you and your child when at home.

Staying Safe on the Internet

Educate againt hate

To provide practical advice and support to help all individuals with an interest in keeping children safe from the dangers of extremism. This site has been created by the Department for Education and the Home Office

Safer Internet Centre

Advice and resources for parents from setting up parental controls offered by your internet provider to parental guides to new technology.

ThinkUKnow

Find out what's good and what's not so good on the internet and what you can do about it.

Know IT All

An interactive internet safety resource. Contains the latest advice on cyberbullying and reporting.

Digizen

Information and advice to encourage responsible digital citizenship.

KidSMART

Great for children, teachers, parents and carers. Fun games and activities alongside internet safety advice.

Mobile Phones

PhoneBrain

Advice for young people on phone-paid services such as ringtones, competitions and television voting.

Social Networks and Blogs

www.childnet.com/blogsafety

Parents - understand the positive and creative ways people are using social networking spaces like Facebook and highlights the potential risks of using these sites and the ways to minimise these risks.

Digizen

Information about social networking sites and how to use them responsibly, plus advice on preventing and responding to cyberbullying.

File Sharing and Downloading

Young People, Music and the Internet

A leaflet developed with the music industry.

Pro Music

All you need to know about how to get music on the internet

The Childnet Jargon Buster

A glossary of key terms you might come across whilst learning about e-safety.

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