In the 21st Century children have access to an incredible range of ICT tools. The Internet has had a massive impact on the information available to students. Sky College aims to ensure all our students are familiar with the use of these tools and are aware of the dangers of communication with people they don't know.
At Sky College we aim to ensure pupils safety when using the internet in the following ways:
- As part of the annual ICT Acceptable Use Policy,
- ESafety Assemblies and Tutor Sessions
- Working in conjunction with Southwest Grid for Learning to deliver information to pupils, parents and staff.
We ask parents/guardians to be aware of how their children are using the internet. Discuss with them the potential dangers of 'chatting' to people they don't know and to remind students of their electronic footprint. The best ways you can support your child is by reminding them of the potential dangers associated with the internet and using parental filters that are provided free by many Internet Service Providers (eg. BT) and also by many virus killing programs.
Students under 13 should not be accessing the social networking site Facebook according to the procedures that are set out by the company itself. Guidance from the Police says that any internet enabled machine should remain in the same room as a responsible adult, so that monitoring of internet access can take place.
If you are unsure of the how to be safe online here are a range of websites to support students and parents:
If you have any immediate concerns or worries please inform someone as there is help and support available. The Student Services Team at Sky are always available or you can contact The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).