Online safety is an ever-increasing topic. At Mary Webb School we recognise that it is an important part of life for students, so we take the approach of educating students in how to use the technology safely and enjoy it. We take a view that usage should be appropriate and sensible and whilst it’s great in rural areas like ours there also should be limits to usage.
We strongly recommend a digital sunset and there’s a link below with more information on timings.
It’s important for parents and carers as well as students to stay up to date in the ever-changing world of social media. This part of our website will provide you with helpful links and information on topics around online safety. There is also a feed from Parent Info, a joint venture between CEOP and parent Zone. Please feel free to contact school if you have any concerns for your child’s online safety.
Supporting Young People Online
Information and advice for parents and carers.
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your child has better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online. Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. We have grouped potential online risks into these 4 categories:
There are real advantages in maintaining an open dialogue with your child about their internet use.
Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help.
What can I do right now?
Help make sure that your children know how to stay safe online, by using our SMART Rules.
Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too.
Do not meet up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, as they are still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/ videos of you then tell an adult straight away and report them together on www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) and do not accept something if you are unsure who the person is or what they’ve sent you.
You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. Always compare 3 websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you find online.
Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or confused. You could talk to a teacher, parent, carer or a helpline like Childline
0800 11 11.