E-safety

E-Safety is important for everyone in our school community, pupils, parents and teachers alike. This area of the website is aimed at grouping resources together to help everyone stay safe online. If you have any specific e-safety concerns please contact one of the school’s e-safety staff; Mrs Jones: ajones@stfrancis.cc
Report Abuse through the 
Click CEOP website or by clicking the Report Abuse button.   Specialist staff will look into your report and they will get in touch with you to make sure everything is OK and to sort out what happens next. Talk to someone in confidence by calling the NSPCC’s Childline hotline on 0800 1111 or going to their website here.

If you have found content on the Internet that you think should not be there or you have been the victim of online bullying then you should take screenshots of this and show them to a trusted adult.  You should then report the abuse to the Social Media site that you are using so that they can investigate and remove it.

Advice for Parents and Carers

The weeks are ticking by and if you are a parent or looking after children of school age, you are counting down to the summer holidays. It can be a real juggling act – find things to do, keep them entertained while at home or while travelling at home or abroad. No doubt games consoles, tablets and the internet will also feature high on the kids’ things to do list.

Technology and the Internet can sometimes be seen as a nightmare during the break, visions of children with their heads buried in a phone or tablet. The sunshine blazing outside but the kids sat in darkened bedrooms playing games on their consoles for endless hours.

There is of course the positive side as well, long car journeys now fly by for them while watching the latest movie, airports are no longer viewed as a living hell for parents with children happily playing on their tablets. So love it or loath it the Internet, social media, consoles, tablets and games are here to stay. So don’t fight it, embrace it – read our guide and hopefully have a great summer holiday.

Remind your children that being kind online is up to everyone. If they do see something upsetting or abusive online, they should block and report it, and talk to you or another trusted adult about it.

Parents are often reluctant to talk to their children about technology, because they feel that their kids know more than they do. And that may well be true – although they may know how to use apps, tablets, consoles and other high tech gadgets what they often lack is life experience and the ability to think about their actions and consequences.  So most importantly, this summer  talk to your children about what they enjoy doing online, get involved in what they are doing, play games with them, ask them what that funny look app is on their screen so you understand what they are using. You don’t have to be a computer genius to impart practical safety advice. 

Gaming and in-app Purchases

No doubt, gaming will be one of your kid’s favourite pastimes this summer. Do look out for the PEGI age ratings on the games your children want to play – they work in a similar way to age ratings for films and should be respected. Games also have PEGI labels – visual icons to indicate if the game contains violence, scary content and so on, so do familiarise yourself with these and don’t give in to your child’s relentless please for games that are not appropriate for their age.

Now is a great time to check both your parental settings both on your phone and your kids’ devices. We have all heard the horror stories or parents facing huge bills after their children have quite happily bought 1000’s of virtual gold coins not realising that it is actually costing real money. You can set a block on your kid’s phone to prevent them from downloading any apps which have in app purchases.