St Martins Academy Chester

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Internet Safety

At St Martin's Academy we take e-Safety very seriously and there are systems in place which ensure your child is safe on-line in school. The e-Safety policy is available in school for you to view. 

As the first generation of internet parents, we're at the bottom of a learning curve that seems to grow steeper with each new application and digital device. We can help our children take advantage of the best the internet has to offer by showing them how to make smart decisions both online and off. The best way is often to step into our children's online world.

Support and guidance for educators and parents changes rapidly and, to ensure that we stay as up-to-date as possible, you will find links to resources from ThinkUKnow, CEOP and ConnectSafely at the end of this article.  However, more than anything, you are the role model for your child and for many of our young people, how you use the internet and socialise digitally will be the example they will follow.

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We talk to our children in school about how to be SMART online and display the guidance in all areas where a child will use a device. It is important that our children understand that trusted adults in their lives will act in their best interests, protecting rather than punishing them so that they will be confident in asking for help if they encounter anything online that makes them feel uncomfortable, vulnerable or compromise their safety. As trusted adults, we can put up the e-safety umbrella and hold it for our children until they are able to fully protect themselves.

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e-Safety Top Tips

• Communicate with your children about their experiences online.

• Establish internet rules now rather than wait for a problem to occur.

• Ensure your children follow age limits.

• Educate yourself.

• Teach your children never meet anyone in person that they've communicated with online only.

• Ensure your children protect their personal information online at all times.

• Be wary of identifiable information in your child's profile. Remember this goes for your profile too!

• Be smart about details in photographs.

• Warn your child about expressing emotions to strangers.

• Teach your children about cyberbullying.

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