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The use of computers and the internet has become an important part of our daily lives and it is essential that we teach our children not only how to use such technology to benefit their learning but also to use it wisely. As adults, we are aware that not everything we read online is true and reliable and that there are many internet sites that are not suitable for children to see. In school, unsuitable internet sites are blocked by our internet filters. The sites and documents below have suggestions for how you can ensure that such security is in place at home.

 

We have included information regarding the use of social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat but would like to remind you that CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13 SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR OWN ACCOUNT FOR THESE PARTICULAR SITES. We do not condone the use of such social media sites nor are we encouraging it, but we wanted to make sure that there are some useful tips in place to ensure children are safe should parents choose to allow their children to have access to an account.  


In school, we talk to the children about the SMART Rules for keeping safe online; protecting their online identity, being wary of who they are 'talking' to, and knowing the dangers of uploading personal information and photographs. We also provide for them on this website. In addition, we take part in the national Safer Internet Day each year. 

 

All pupils are required to sign our Charter of Good Online Behaviour which is countersigned by parents/carers and are regularly reminded of its contents.

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ParentInfo.org has been designed and set up to offer parents a wide range of information and guidance about their children's well being and resilience. Some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. Articles therefore can range from advice for keeping safe on Minecraft, to Instagram and Snapchat FAQ's to information about mental health issues for Primary school children. 

UPLOADING PHOTOS/VIDEOS TAKEN AT SCHOOL EVENTS

 

Ensuring our children know how to keep safe online is an important part of our curriculum at Belmont and we are grateful for all the support we have been given by parents/carers over the years. I would like to take this opportunity to explain why we request that any photos/videos taken at school events such as Star Achievers, plays or concerts, are used for personal use only and are not uploaded onto social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.

 

For the Belmont website and Twitter pages, the school is required to ask permission from all parents and carers before uploading photos of pupils. We also have to ensure that children are not identified in any photos that are uploaded. The majority of parents/carers do give permission, however some have informed us that photos of their children must not be published.

Not only may there be personal or religious reasons for not wanting an image published online, unfortunately there may be times when doing so might put a child and their family at risk. Some children, families or staff may have a complex family background, unknown to the wider school community, which means that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences.


As in previous years, we will ask parents/carers to confirm in writing that photos/videos are for personal use only when we welcome you to events in school.

 

Thank you once again for your on-going support in keeping all members of our school community safe online.

 

Mrs Shales

September 2018


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