Copleston Chronicle First half of Spring Term 2013 — Issue 27
E-Safety and Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday 5 February and we celebrated it across the school in order to raise our students’ awareness of the need to use the internet safely. The theme this year is ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, with the aim to show that we have lots of rights as users of new media but this comes with lots of responsibilities too. Students completed some work about rights and responsibilities with their form tutor across registrations during the week beginning 4 February and we used two videos made by CEOPs (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) to alert students to the dangers of using the internet and online sites without care. Mrs Watkin, our Safeguarding Officer, is visiting assemblies in the week beginning 11th February to reinforce the message about keeping safe when online. From a parent’s/carer’s point of view, here is some key internet safety guidance: Know what your child is doing when they are online Use the privacy settings on your computer to prevent access to inappropriate material online Children under the age of 13 should not have their own Facebook account Talk to your child about the dangers of accepting people they don’t know as friends on social networking sites Report anything that you are concerned about to CEOPS – press their red button on the site Discuss with your child the dangers of posting images or writing inappropriate messages online – they never go away and could have serious consequences for now and in the future Employers increasingly look to see if a potential employee has a Facebook account or similar and may not employ them as a result.
The resources that Form Tutors have used for Safer Internet Day are available on our website. Please get in touch if you wish to know more or have any concerns about the safe use of the internet.
Copleston Chronicle Issue 27