Keeping Young People Safe Online - an event for parents and carers
We are always keen to ensure that our students are safe and secure on the internet. Many of our students are engaged with technology in a wide variety of ways. As well as using the internet for education, they also play games, socialise and invest a lot of their personality in the social and ever changing environment that is the online world.
Your son/daughter is likely to use technology in school and at home. In school we endeavour to provide the skills to navigate the online world and safety is a very important part of that. In order to help parents understand ways in which they can provide the same support at home, we will be running a parents evening on Internet Safety on Monday, 14th November.
This evening will be an engaging session of approximately one hour run by an expert from The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), part of the wider UK Safer Internet Centre.
The evening will provide answers to questions raised by parents and answered by experts at the SWGfL in the 7 years in which they have carried out Parents Evenings. What are Snapchat, Instagram, Omegele and Vine? What are the positive ways in which they can be used? Which are the less positive? What about Apps? Do I need to monitor them? Is filtering or monitoring what my children do always a good idea? At what age do I buy them a mobile phone? Why is GTA5 not a game for young children? The evening will attempt to address these and other pertinent issues surrounding social networking, gaming and the Internet.
Come and find out why dialogue is such a powerful tool, how filtering may work, how research is showing changes in use and types of use of technology by children. Discover easy to use built in tools like age and time restrictors in gaming platforms like your Xbox and how to apply Google filters on Google images, filters on YouTube and other practical quick tips. Together, we strive to protect your son/daughter in the offline world – this evening intends to support you in doing the same online.
Jon Taylor, Deputy Headteacher