Here at St. Joseph's we believe that all children should have a good understanding that although the Internet is a great learning resource, it can also be a dangerous place that should be treated with respect.
Within our school, we encourage the children to stay SMART when working online, as outlined below:
When using information and communication technologies, we constantly emphasise the importance of living out the SMART message and teach our children to respect the opportunities they have through a well structured and progressive curriculum. A copy of this can be found at the bottom of this page.
It is also important, however, that the SMART message is lived out at home. A copy of the SMART poster can be found at the bottom of this page which can be printed and displayed near your home computer and in your child's home/school diary.
Anything online which makes you or your child feel uncomfortable should be reported to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). A link is provided https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
As a school, we would also like to hear any issues that you may experience online. This information, if appropriate, may then be shared with our wider school community. Please feel free to speak to Mrs Hamilton should you have any questions or concerns.
NSPCC launch ‘Share Aware’ campaign
An NSPCC panel of more than 500 parents from Mumsnet reviewed 48 of these sites and said all those aimed at adults and teenagers were too easy for children under 13 to sign-up to. On more than 40 per cent of the sites, the panel struggled to locate privacy, reporting and safety information. At least three quarters of parents surveyed by the NSPCC found sexual, violent, or other inappropriate content on Sickipedia,Omegle, Deviant Art, and F my Lifewithin half an hour of logging into the sites. Those aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin,Moshi Monsters, Popjamand Bearville, fared better and parents did not find any unsuitable content on them. The NSPCC also asked just under 2,000 children and young people which social networking sites they used. Talking to strangers or sexual content were the main concerns mentioned by children. But they also thought the minimum age limit for signing up to many sites should be higher, despite saying they’d used the sites when they were underage.
NSPCC Share Aware page:
NSPCC Net Aware page: