Online Safety

Introduction
– ICT is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology.
– At Batley Girls’ High School, we have systems in place to protect your daughters.
– We urge all parents/carers to enable security settings on home devices to help protect your children online.
– We recognise that we encourage students to go online for work out of school where there is less supervision and they have more freedom.

Golden Rules to Safe Internet Browsing
– Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.
– Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
– Children must always be accompanied by an adult if meeting an online friend in person.
– Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friends’ houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games console.
– Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.
– Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online.
– If they have a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.

What to Look for on a Website
– The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
– We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.
– Look out for good websites that have the button built in.
– Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct: ceop.police.uk

Online Bullying/Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
– Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.
– If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence may be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
– The law is very clear about what cannot be shared online – for further details, check out the CEOP website.

Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber Bullying?
– Visit the CEOP channel on YouTube.
– Put this website in your favourites: thinkuknow.co.uk and make sure every member of the family spends time familiarising themselves with the area aimed at them.
– For parents that’s thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
– For teachers that’s thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers
– For your child that’s thinkyouknow.co.uk/11-13 or thinkyouknow.co.uk/14+ which they won’t have been shown at primary school.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html
http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/bullying/pages/cyberbullying.aspx
http://www.cyberbullying.org/

If you are concerned that a child is a victim of any form of bullying, please contact their Pastoral Manager or Progress Leader as soon as possible, however there is a wide range of resources available for parents, links to some of these can be found on the right hand side of this page.