Keeping your child safe online
At ACS we recognise that being online is an important part of life for our students, not just as part of education, but for social interaction, leisure and creative expression.
We ensure all our students are given regular e-safety training in discrete PSHEE lessons, as part of their Computing Curriculum, through their year group tutor programme, our website, during core days at Post 16 and in assemblies. In this training we cover:
- Online reputations
- Access to inappropriate materials (such as pornography and violence)
- Sexting and sharing images
- Sharing personal information
- The risk of exploitation
When applying to be a student at ACS, parents or carers agree that their child will work under the school’s Acceptable Use Policy . When students (and staff) are working on school devices and the network our filtering and monitoring systems are in place to support safety online. However, vigilance of adults and education of students is still essential to ensure all students are safe when online at school or outside of school.
Parents and e-safety
As parents, we often assume our children know more than us about IT, because many of them spend so much time using it. However, what they don’t know more about is how to be safe, make sound judgements about social interactions and how to get themselves out of a tricky or scary situation.
Although we cover online safety extensively at school, conversations at home are by far the most effective method of protecting our children. Knowing they can turn to someone at home if they make a mistake or if they are unsure about anything can help prevent situations escalating into a more major problem.
There are lots of helpful resources online to support parents with having conversations about online safety. We have gathered together a handful below that contain excellent resources to help you.
Click here to enter the Olympus Trust's Online Safety Hub
It is really important that we get students to think about how much of their lives are spent online and the impact this can have on their sleep, mental health and self-confidence. ADD OPS DATA?
We all need to help our children control their amount of screen time, as they are not good at doing that for themselves. However, getting them off devices can be a difficult battle. If you would like further information on how to set parental controls or more information on how it can impact on us, please see the links below.
For further support see our helpful online & social media guides page .
If you would like any further information, training or support with online safety, please don’t hesitate to get in contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Online, Gaming & Social Media Guides
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Setting up Parental controls on new devices
Free Speech vs Hate Speech
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The CEOP Education programme is a part of the National Crime Agency's response to tackling child sexual abuse. They offer support for parents https://thinkuknow.co.uk/parents and students 11-18s | CEOP Education (thinkuknow.co.uk) including reporting an incident.
Parent Zone Local is a local service of information and support for families to help build understanding, media literacy and confidence in the online world. www.parentinfo.org