Here at St. Josephs our fundamental aim is to keep children safe, whether at school or at home. It is part of our job to encourage children’s curiosity and to develop this through exploration and experience. However, children need to be protected from everyday dangers, whether this is from crossing the road, riding their bike safely, eating healthily or going ‘online’.
We have a robust E-Safety Policy which can be viewed in our Policies section of the website. We regularly remind children of how to stay safe online and also run E-Safety presentations for Parents.
Now, in the age of smartphones and small tablet computers that can be used almost anywhere, we recognise that it becomes increasingly more challenging for parents to monitor and control how their children are behaving online.
Nobody, whatever their age is immune to having problems with the internet. Children are especially vulnerable as they are naturally trusting and are less equipped to deal with problems that they may encounter.
The following illustrates just a few of the risks that your child may be exposed to:
• Inappropriate contact: from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them.
• Inappropriate conduct: because of their own and others’ online behaviour, such as the personal information they make public, for example on social networking sites. Unfortunately, children can also become cyberbullies, especially when encouraged by others.
• Inappropriate content: being able to access or being sexually explicit, racist, violent, extremist or other harmful material, either through choice or in error.
• Commercialism: being the targets of aggressive advertising and marketing messages.
• Gaining access to your personal information stored on your computer, mobile device or games console, and passing it on to others … or using your financial details such as payment card information.
• Enabling viruses and spyware by careless or misinformed use of their or your computer, smartphone, tablet or games console.
Below are links to websites which offer up to date and expert age appropriate advice on keeping your child safe.
To report concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), click on the link below or from the link on our website home page.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world.