The Internet has become an essential tool for modern life. We access it at home via our PCs, laptops, tablets and even our televisions. We carry it with us everywhere we go via our smartphones, and there are now few environments in which the Internet is not an integral feature of our daily lives. All of that is just as true for our children as it is for us, which is why it is important that we are all aware of both the great benefits it offers, and the dangers it poses, especially for our children.
At Sharnbrook, we want to work with you to help keep our young people safe on the Internet, especially given the explosion in social network usage, with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter being just four of the many available and regularly accessed by children.
A few facts
- Children spend 3.5 hours a week more online than watching TV.
- They mainly use mobile phones to go online (70% own a smartphone).
- 75% have a social media profile.
- Facebook dominates, but image-based apps are rapidly gaining ground.
- More and more children use Instagram or Snapchat.
- One in six have seen something online in the past year that was worrying or offensive.
- One in twelve have been contacted online by a stranger and one in eight know someone this has happened to.
- 5% say they, or someone they know, have watched inappropriate activity online.
- One in ten have experienced cyberbullying in the past 12 months.
Some of the issues
- Viewing violent and/or illegal content.
- Sexting, grooming, etc.
- Online bullying (cyberbullying).
- Radicalisation and extremism.
- Social network dangers.
- Impact of digital footprint; reputation management.
- Feeling compelled to be online and responding all the time.
- Spyware, viruses, malware, phishing, etc.
What we do to support your children
- Staff are continually being updated and trained on the ever-evolving issue of e-safety.
- Our pastoral teams deliver assemblies focusing on e-safety.
- Our ICT department delivers a series of lessons focusing on staying safe online.
- Information and guidance is provided for staff, students, parents and governors.
- All staff and students follow our acceptable usage policy.
Some resources for you
The links below take you to some useful sites providing further advice and guidance:
Useful information and advice from the BBC
Advice for young people as well as parents.
More advice for young people and parents from Childnet
Online and mobile advice
Social network guide
Advice for parents
Government advice site