At Adelaide School we believe online safety is a key element of Safeguarding.
We do a significant amount of preventative work to support pupils to stay safe online. We cover all elements of online safety in PSHE and ICT. We are responsive to the needs of individuals and groups and when issues occur we try to use these as learning points. We hold open and informed discussions with young people around online safety because we believe talking about this is key to addressing issues and educating young people. We have focused online safety days and events.
In school we have systems which identify if pupils search things online which they should not. When this occurs staff in school speak with pupils and intervene where necessary. As with all at Adelaide, we support the child as an individual and personalise our approach. All incidents of online Safety breaches are recorded. All staff have had training in this area. Our approach to online safety is always changing as we need to be responsive to this swift moving world.
If parents would like any more information regarding online safety please get in touch with school.
There are upcoming events in this area for both pupils and parents.
Child line gives advice for staying safe online:
‘There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online.
- Think before you post
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
- Don’t share personal details
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings. Remember that people can use small clues like a school logo in a photo to find out a lot about you.
- Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
- Think about who you’re talking to
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school. Find out more about grooming.
- Keep your device secure
Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
- Never give out your password
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
- Cover your webcam
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.