Here at Dalestorth the main priority for us is to keep your children safe and happy. Doing that means we have to have a number of Safety procedures in place day to day, you can see some of these procedures and policies below:
At Dalestorth we believe that use of the internet is an essential part of children’s learning and our teaching. Within school we take positive steps to deal with risks. Our internet provider operates a filtering system that restricts inappropriate material and if your child uses the internet it is under supervision.
At Dalestorth we take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too.
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere too. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use.
The best way to protect your children online is to be informed yourself and make it part of your day to day life. We spend years training our children to cross the road and stay away from strangers in the outside world in all the daily little messages we give them before we ever let them out there on their own. Training them to be safe online should be an equal part of these safety messages, after all they can be out in the ‘world wide web’ from a very young age, unsupervised at times. Use the websites below to help you find the best ways to talk to your children about keeping safe online.
On Tuesday 24th September 2019, KS2 were treated to a Google 'Be Internet Legends' assembly. During the assembly, the children learnt how to be safe and confident explores of the online world. The assembly focused on five online safety pillars:
Sharp - Think before you act
Alert - Spot phishing scams and report them
Secure - Keep personal information safe
Kind - Spread positivity online
Brave - Stand up to inappropriate information found online
Important information about 'The Momo Challenge'
Please see below for a useful information page about 'The Momo Challenge'. It tell you what it is and how to keep your child safe.
Important information about Snapchat
Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users' locations amid fears it could be used for stalking.
Parents have been warned to turn off "Snap Maps" on their children's phones after Snapchat, which is wildly popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode this week.
The feature displays a map of nearby friends, showing their latest location gathered using a smartphone's GPS sensor. Users of the app can also search for locations such as individual houses, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students.
Obviously this may cause concern for certain users, particularly those who have young children who use the app.
To change the settings, pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn't, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.
Here are links to some useful websites where you can learn more about being safe on the Internet....