The Internet is an increasingly important element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. Great Sankey High School has a duty to provide pupils with high-quality Internet access as part of their learning experience. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary learning tool for staff and students..
Students are educated in the safe use of the Internet through regular assemblies using the latest CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) materials, delivered by a NSPCC/CEOP trained member of Senior staff.
We want all our students to embrace mobile devices and have fun discovering everything the internet has to offer – safely.
Many students have 24 hour access to the internet. We don’t believe in completely filtering the internet. We want to educate students on what is acceptable and how not to be vulnerable online.
Some of the dangers our students may face include:
- Access to illegal, harmful or inappropriate images or other content.
- Unauthorised access to, loss of or sharing of personal information.
- The risk of being subject to grooming by those with whom they make contact on the Internet.
- The sharing/distribution of personal images without an individual’s consent or knowledge.
- Inappropriate communication/contact with others, including strangers.
- Access to unsuitable video/Internet games.
- An inability to evaluate the quality, accuracy and relevance of information on the Internet.
- Plagiarism and copyright infringement.
- Illegal downloading of music or video files.
- The potential for excessive use which may impact on the social and emotional development and learning of the young person.
We aim to teach students about how to conduct their online lives in the same way they do their off-line lives. This doesn’t always happen. We have recently been dealing with issues in school that started at home while students have been accessing social media sites such as Facebook. Making offensive comments on social media is covered by the Malicious Communications Act 1988. A total of 653 people faced criminal charges in England and Wales last year in connection with comments on Twitter or Facebook. Any such comments should be reported to CEOP and however tempting it may be as a parent to join in on Facebook our advice would always be to print off any comments and report them. The guide in the download section contains key advice for parents/carers to support the use of the Internet safely at home and there is a list of useful websites on this page..
Together we can ensure your child has a safe and enjoyable time online. Remember that if you have any concerns about abuse, inappropriate content or contacts you should report it to CEOP.
Below are links to just a few of the many websites and information that support parents in educating their children to make the right choices.
Guidance about protecting and unprotecting your tweets:
IOS Guidance about parental controls: http://support.apple.com/en-us/ht4213