“Growing up has never been easy, but today the virtual world presents a whole set of new risks. Young people live in an always-on, social, digital and connected world, and it’s the only world they’ve ever known… While the internet brings amazing opportunities for young people to learn, create and socialise, it is our duty to help them navigate this online world safety. Young people must recognise that every click, every post, every purchase and every photo we upload leaves a digital footprint.”
(UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security)
At William Torbitt Primary School we want staff, children and parents/carers to create a school community that embraces the use of new technologies. We teach all of the children how to keep themselves safe online, and ensure that pupils know how to report incidents and problems confidently and straight away.
At home, many children use computers to play games and learn. We want to encourage parents/carers to ensure children are supervised at all times at home, especially when accessing the internet.
Please feel free to view our E-Safety Policy below.
Parentzone have some excellent resources to support parents/carers in keeping their children safe online. Please click here to take a look at the latest information and guidance on the most commonly used apps and games by children.
What children at William Torbitt are taught:
• When your child is using the internet at school or at home it is very important that they stay safe. We teach your child to FLAG IT, BLOCK IT & REPORT IT if they see anything on the internet they are concerned about.
• Your child would have been taught at school how to stay safe when using the internet on the computer, an iPad or a mobile phone. It is also a good idea to talk about these safety issues at home with your child.
• If you are worried about anything your child has seen on the internet you can report it to the police by clicking on this button:
• Remember when using any computer, tablet or phone devices we teach your child to be SMART:
S – Safe – Don’t give out your own information
M – Meet – Only meet people you have met online with your parents
A – Accepting – Only open emails and texts from people you trust
R – Reliable – Some people online tell lies, only talk to real world friends and family
T – Tell – Tell a parent or adult you trust if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable.
Web Links for Parents
These websites will help you and your family learn how to stay safe when using the internet, mobile phones etc.