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NSPCC ‘Sexting’ Survey & Advice
The NSPCC is complementing the ChildLine initiative by providing advice to parents and carers on what they can do to advise and support their children in relation to “sexting.”
Many children and young people are more savvy about internet and mobile phone technology than their parents, so the advice, posted on the NSPCC website, will enable parents to take action.
In-School Responsible Internet Use
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of ICT skills, Stanwell School is providing supervised access to the Internet. We believe that the use of the World Wide Web and e-mail is worthwhile and is an essential skill for children as they grow up in the modern world. Please would you read the attached Rules for Responsible Internet Use, and sign and return the consent form, in the appropriate spaces, so that your child may use the Internet at school. No child will use the Internet in school unless in possession of a signed consent form. This must be kept with them at all times.
There can be concerns about pupils having access to undesirable materials, therefore we are taking positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Internet content is filtered to restrict access to inappropriate materials. This may not be the case at home and we can provide references to information on safe Internet access if you wish. We also have leaflets from national bodies that explain the issues further. As a starter I have included some useful links to online resources which may be useful.
Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure that suitable restrictions are placed on the ability of children to access inappropriate materials, the School cannot be held responsible for the nature or content of materials accessed through the Internet. The School will not be liable for any damages arising from your child’s use of the Internet facilities.
Useful online resources for safe Internet use
Stanwell School – Rules for Responsible Internet Use
Rules for Pupils:
- I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet
- I will use only my own login details
- I will not access other people’s files or user areas
- I will use the computers only for school work and homework
- I will not bring Memory Sticks or C.Ds (except work disks) into school
- I will only email people my teacher has approved
- The messages I send will be polite and sensible
- I will not give my home address or phone number, or arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer or teacher has given permission
- To help protect other pupils and myself, I will tell a teacher if I see anything I am unhappy with or I receive messages I do not like
- I understand that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the Internet sites I visit
- I will ensure that no unsuitable material (files) are stored in my user area, or elsewhere (e.g. downloaded programs, games, unsuitable images, inappropriate text…)
- I understand that I should not download any files, without the permission of a member of the ICT Department
- Pupils discovered in the process of unsuitable use of Information Technology resources will be removed from the network immediately, and the Head of Department notified.
- Pupils who are found to be in breach of this policy will have their storage media confiscated.
- Confiscated storage media will be forwarded to the I.C.T. Technician who will eliminate any viruses and also check to see if a breach of school rules/copyright has been made. In such cases, the I.C.T. Technician will forward a report to the Head of I.C.T. who will liaise with senior staff who will decide on the appropriate action to be taken.
- Virus protection software is installed on all hard disks to reduce the risk of infection. This software is updated at frequent intervals to deal with new strains of viruses as they appear.
Guidance for Parents
- Stay in touch with what your children are doing by spending time with them whilst they are on-line, i.e. make on-line time a family activity
- Make sure that you know the services your child uses. Find out what types of information and services are offered and whether there are ways for parents to protect their child.
- Keep the computer in a family room rather than a child’s bedroom.
- Learn yourself about how to access the services – ask your child to explain the services to you
- Go on-line yourself so that you are familiar with and understand the potential benefits and risks associated with Internet access. If you don’t know how to log on, get your child to show you.
- Seek out the advice and counsel of other local Internet users and become familiar with the appropriate systems.
- Get to know your child’s ‘on-line friends’ just as you do their other friends.
- Develop an agreed set of ‘Family Internet Rules’ and make sure that your child adheres to these rules.
An example of Family Internet Rules
- Always keep to the agreed times of day to be on-line, the length of time to be on-line, and the areas that you can visit.
- Never give any passwords to anyone outside your family – even friends!
- Always tell a parent about any threatening or bad language you see on-line.
- Never give out any of the following information during a ‘chat’ session:
- your real name (use a pseudonym – a false name)
- your parents or brothers’/sisters’ real names (use pseudonyms – false names)
- home address
- home telephone number
- parents’ work address/telephone number
- the name, address or location of your school
- Never send an on-line person any photographs or anything else without first checking with a parent.
- Never arrange for someone you meet on-line to visit your house.
- Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission. If a meeting is to be arranged let your parents arrange this for you. The first meeting should be in a public place and at least one parent should accompany you.
- Remember that what you read on-line is not necessarily true, e.g. the person who says she is a 15 old girl could in fact be a middle aged man.
- Make sure that you’re dealing with someone you trust.
Whilst the Internet introduces new potential dangers it also brings some really fantastic benefits to children and their learning which need to be balanced against the possible risks. The points covered by this agreement are not necessarily going to affect your child directly, but they are real risks for which your family needs to be prepared.