At ICHS we realise the importance of embracing the digital age and seek to do so by creating responsible digital citizens. As each year passes, the Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, vlogs, podcasting, video conferencing and social networks seem to become increasingly important in our daily lives.
The increase in available technology and cheaper internet access means that more and more of our students are accessing these technologies on a regular basis. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a student’s identity. Socially our students often use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’. Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time so we need to make sure that they are able to use the Internet safely. Many students and parents are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading or posting inappropriate content, viewing unsuitable material or even becoming addicted to the Internet.
We provide students with online safety workshops, dedicated units of work in Computing, e-safety assemblies, structured curriculum units in Personal Development lessons and a tutor programme that covers current issues. In addition, we update our parents through workshops, messages in newsletters and by sharing online safety resources.
If you have any E-Safety concerns we encourage you to contact our Directors of Student Development, use our SHARP system or report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
What Parents can do to support:
We suggest that our parents and students follow the links below and read through the materials and resources that are available.
The Internet of Things: 9 ways to make your connected home more secure Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules for screen time and when tech families gather (Parent info) UK Safer Internet Centre Digital WellbeingInfographic UK CMO Digital Wellbeing Guidelines
The following links will give you advice and guidance on how to be safe online and how parents can protect their children too.
Think u know - Parents The internet can be great fun. You can chat to your friends, play games and learn about new things. But sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say mean things which make you feel sad, or you may see something that you don’t like. If this happens, you must remember it’s not your fault. You can also tell CEOP what is happening so they can help you. If there is an adult you trust, like your mum, dad, carer or teacher, get them to help you fill out the form.