Online Safety

Everyone at St Bede’s School firmly believes in creating a safe and nurturing environment for our students. This extends to making sure that students learn how to use and conduct themselves responsibly in a new digital age.

There are many aspects of our lives now affected by Information and Communication technologies, from Internet devices at home, to mobile devices we carry with us. We should also not forget the pace at which these technologies develop into more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers. Unfortunately, there are times when internet use can have a negative effect on our children.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) is an organisation which helps children stay safe online.

If someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know, such as being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up, it is very important that you tell someone.  

You can report it to CEOP by clicking the link below.

For more tips on online safety go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

You can also contact REPORT HARMFUL CONTENT

Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content online, such as indecent images or other adult content. These controls can be used in a number of ways, e.g. to help ensure that your children access only age-appropriate content; to set usage times; and to monitor activity.  

There are four main places you can find parental controls, and it can help to set-up a combination of these:

  • Internet provider: You can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content on any device that connects to your home WiFi.
  • Mobile operator: Filters are often automatically set up on mobile contracts, especially if the user is under the age of 18, but you can double-check with your provider.
  • Devices: Many devices have parental control settings, for example, to help restrict spending in apps, reduce screentime, or disable location functions. 
  • Online Services: Sites like BBC iPlayer and YouTube have parental control settings to help restrict access to inappropriate content.

BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider

Devices that connect to your home internet

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology

The internet provides a space for children and young people to communicate, explore, laugh and learn. There are lots of ways parents and carers can support them in doing these things safely.

Here are 10 Key messages to share on different aspects of keeping your child safe online and to find out where to Parents and carers resource sheet 2019

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