Digital Safety

Worried about your child online? Please contact Ms Galbraith at school or report it on CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre)

The digital world, including the internet & social media, is constantly evolving and provides excellent opportunities for students to learn from experts all over the world, interact with people from different cultures and develop their digital and creative skills.

We at Chorlton High School want to encourage our students to become digital natives in a safe and responsible way.

To keep students up to date and remind them of the key messages on how to stay safe we hold a digital safety week each term. During these weeks we work with students to help them understand the importance of protecting themselves, being digitally responsible and respectful and knowing how to report anything that they are not happy with.

Students will have a digital safety assembly, form time activities and messages in their lessons across the school. They will have the opportunity to discuss the key messages with their form tutors and friends and will be shown how to use our Sharp Reporting System.

Opportunities are also provided for students to learn about digital safety in more detail during Computing lessons, the Life Skills Programme & ELE days.

We want our students to work together as a community to ensure that all students are successful, happy and creative in the ever expanding digital environment.

Digital Parenting Checklist:

  1. Rules: Don’t be afraid to set boundaries & rules just as you would in day to day life.

  2. Understand: Have a go at the technologies yourself. Ask your child to help set you up & explain it to you.

  3. Talk: Spread the word about Digital safety. Going to friend’s houses or looking on friend’s phones can be an issue if we aren’t all working together. Also, talk to your children about what they are doing online & what new, exciting things they are using.

  4. Controls: Make full use of all Parental controls, privacy settings and safety options.

  5. Encourage: The Digital World is a powerful & useful tool. Encourage your children to use the internet openly in a shared environment e.g. the living room

  6. Devices: Understand the capabilities, print out the shopper’s guides, agree a set of family ‘rules’.

Useful links:

Parent Info: Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online

Vodafone Digital Parenting: Designed to help parents get to grips and get involved with their children's digital world

Thinkuknow: Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people

CEOP: Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre

Childline

Tiger Mobiles: Provides information on how to protect your children on their smartphone

Please see the links below to help keep your child safe and secure on social networking sites: 

Facebook privacy settings

Instagram privacy settings

Snapchat privacy settings

Net Aware: Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world