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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Online Safety

The Piggott School is committed to Online Safety. We are always working hard to ensure that students
have a consistent experience of Online Safety education. We aim to ensure that all students from Year 7 to Year 13 receive embedded opportunities within the curriculum and pastoral tutor time to learn how to stay safe online, particularly during the current situation where young people are spending even more time online. New technologies bring exciting learning opportunities, but careful management and education is needed to ensure that everyone is safe in our digital world.

We will be hosting a LIVE Webinar to update parents in this ever changing world of Online Safety. I am
pleased to offer an opportunity for all parents/guardians of The Piggott School students to attend on
Wednesday 27th January 2021 from 4.30pm. This webinar will be a closed forum so if you would like to join, we invite you to register your interest by clicking here:
 
 
You will require a Google (Gmail) account to complete this form. Please contact office@piggottschool.org if you experience any problems completing this form or would like to book a place.
 
PARENTS' GUIDES
 
We now have some parents guides to some pertinent apps in use by young people today that you may find useful.
 
The key message is to 'Be Smart on the Internet'.
 

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SAFE
Stay safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people you are chatting with online.

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MEETING
Meeting someone who you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' permission and only when they can accompany you.

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ACCEPTING
Accepting emails, instant messages or opening files and pictures from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

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RELIABLE
Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.

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TELL
Tell your parent, carer or an adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
 
 
The E-Safety 5Ps for Parents
 
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POSITIVE
Stay positive about social networking sites. Strike a balance between educating children to behave safely and trusting them to get on with it.
2
 
PRIVACY
Make sure children know how to use privacy settings. Explain the importance of keeping information private and not sharing everything with everyone. Check they know all their online friends. If they don't, delete them.
3
 
PHOTOS
Check that any photos posted are suitable. Photos can easily be copied, changed or circulated. They can potentially stay online forever.
4
 
POSTINGS
Establish ground rules about what is and isn't acceptable to say - about themselves and others.
5
 
PARENTS
Encourage children to tell you about inappropriate contact that makes them feel uncomfortable. Offensive images or messages can be reported to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

 

An excellent resource for students and parents is https://www.internetmatters.org/