E-Safety guides for parents
At Kingsthorpe College we believe the internet is a vital resource for learning and communication and we are increasingly developing our Virtual Learning Platform Dashboard so that students can access their learning from home.
Parents can also log in and view their sons/daughters attendance, timetable, achievement and additional features.
As part of the ICT Curriculum at Kingsthorpe College all students in Year 7 start their ICT course with a specific unit of work on E-safety. During this unit students are reminded:
- Of the dangers of using the Internet both at home and at school
- What to do if they come across inappropriate text or images
- How to stay safe when communicating on line
- How to take appropriate action when things go wrong
- How to stay safe when using Social Networking sites like Facebook, My Space etc
- How to stay safe in Chat Rooms/Discussion Forums
- What to do if they are a victim of cyberbullying
The college Internet Provider operates a filtering system in line with Local Authority requirements, which restricts access to inappropriate websites. We also have a second line of defence with our own filtering system. Students in all years are constantly reminded about E Safety issues in their ICT lessons and in assemblies. We regularly have the county council E Safety Officer visit school to deliver assemblies and parent workshops. We also take part in the annual County Challenge, where students focus on an aspect of E Safety run in conjunction with Northants Police.
Parents/guardians are requested to sign the Computer Code of Conduct in the student planner, when signed this gives the student access to the Internet within college. The Internet is a fantastic resource that helps learning but it can also be a dangerous place and it’s vital that students feel safe when using it.
E Safety golden rules
- Never arrange to meet anyone you have met on the Web
- Never give out personal information e.g. telephone numbers, address, images
- If you come across anything on the web that is inappropriate tell an adult
- Remember you are in control, if you feel threatened tell an adult
- Never use your real name – always use a nickname
- Keep your password secret
- If you receive a nasty message or picture report it to an adult, block and report it
- Make sure that when using social networking sites, privacy settings are checked so that not just anyone can see your page/photos
- Only use a webcam with people you know
The following websites are extremely useful when dealing with cyber bullying and E Safety issues:
- National Action for Children (NCH)
Parents Guide on Internet usage
- Bullying Online
Advice for children, parents and colleges
- FKBKO - For Kids By Kids Online
Excellent Internet savvy for kids; KS1 to KS3
- Parents Information Network (PIN)
Comprehensive guidelines on Internet safety
- Parents Online
Interactive learning and safety advice, excellent presentation for parents.
An Internet safety site from Childnet, with low-cost leaflets for parents.
- Think U Know?
Home Office site for students and parents explaining Internet dangers and how to stay in control.
- Family Guide Book (DfES recommended)
Information for parents, teachers and students
- NCH Action for Children
Expert advice for children, young people and parents.
Family guide to making Internet safe, fun and productive
Child Exploitation and on line Protection Centre
- Maths Doctor
How To Keep Your Child Safe Online
Teach kids online security basics
If you have any concerns please feel free to contact the college.