Dysart takes online safety very seriously. You can read our Online Safety Policy on the Policies page.
We have regular Online Safety sessions for those pupils who are able to meaningfully access social media. With support from OHCAT’s Digital Learning department, pupils use Shared Space – a specially created social media platform that teaches pupils how to keep safe when they use the internet in a carefully-structured sequence of sessions.
We also hold regular workshops for families, providing them with clear, practical, tips and advice about ways they can ensure their child stays safe when using internet-enabled devices at home. We know from family surveys that not all of our pupils use social media so we host regular workshops to provide parents with strategies that they can use to ensure their child stays safe when using tablets or phones outside of school. Feedback from these workshops has been very positive and more are planned for the future.
Parent Information / Factsheets:
Here are some links to several information sheets for parents / carers to use to help keep children safe when using internet-enabled devices at home:
Worried Your Child Will See Something Inappropriate Online
Worried Your Child Has Shared Too Much Information Online
Reporting Concerns to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Service)
Below are some useful links to E-Safety advice:
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience and utilises research and advice from a range of experts
A site from Childnet International with information about being smart on-line: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
This site explains how to stay safe in different forms of on-line chat, including mobiles, internet messenger and gaming: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
A site explaining the basics of safe surfing, including how to protect your PC and avoiding internet crime: http://www.getsafeonline.org/
CEOP is the UK’s national police agency for protecting young people on-line. You can get help and advice on a range of subjects and you can report directly to CEOP if you are worried about someone’s behaviour on-line. http://www.ceop.police.uk/
‘Thinkuknow’ is run by CEOP and has information for young people aged 5 to 16, parents and other resources. http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Childline: www.childline.org.uk Free phone number: 0800 1111 National organisation offering online support and telephone support to young people in distress. Top Tip: If you do not get along with the person you speak to over the phone, hang up and re-dial- they don’t mind.
Samaritans: www.samaritans.org.uk call free any time, from any phone on 116 123. National organisation which offers 24 hour telephone and face to face emotional support to people in distress. Website offers useful information pages about different mental health difficulties.
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk Young Minds promotes mental health issues within young people. A wealth of information about different mental health issues which affect young people. A range of information and leaflets can be downloaded.