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E-Safety

At Fairfield we regard Online Safety as an essential part of learning for children growing up in today's society. It is a part of our duty to ensure students know how to use the internet and social media safely. We teach them how to do this through assemblies, experience days and subject lessons. We safeguard children from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material whilst in school, and have appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems in place. We also have a clear policy on the use of mobile technology in school.

The internet often plays a huge part in many young people’s daily activities; allowing them to communicate freely with others and share information with ease via messaging apps, social media and gaming networks. At any one time they can be navigating a whole host of different apps, with some of the most popular ones being TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp. With so much of their lives playing out online, it is important for young people to consider how their online behaviour and choices can have an impact on themselves, and others. Online networks and communities can provide a really positive experience for many young people. As a parent, you can support your child with these sites by focusing on the positive uses, showing them how to block and report and showing an interest in their online lives. Below you will find guides and links to resources to help you keep your child safe safe online. 

Please remember that social networking sites and messaging apps require users to be 13 to use them.

Fairfield guidelines on internet safety

At Fairfield we guide our pupils to follow these key guidelines:

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Report people suggesting you do.
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and Report to a trusted adult or CEOP.

Five ways to get support - Childline

  1. Talk to someone you trust like an adult, or you can always talk to a Childline counsellor
  2. Report bullying and abuse directly to the website or app
  3. Delete things you’ve shared that you’re worried about,or find ways to hide them
  4. Tell the police by making a report to CEOP if someone is threatening or blackmailing you
  5. Plan for the future and change your privacy settings so it doesn’t happen again

Downloads

The following guides provide further support and guidance for staying online.

Websites

The following websites offer parents, carers and children a wide variety of information and support about staying safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/ ​- support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - support for parents and careers from the NSPCC to find out about different social media apps and websites

https://parentinfo.org/ - information for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ - advice for parents and carers

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/staying-safe-online/ - advice for parents, carers and children on staying safe online

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