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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

As you know, we welcome parents and carers to come into school to see the children take part in plays, concerts and sports as well as our Star Achiever assemblies during the school year. Obviously you wish to take photos or videos of your children to capture these magical moments. I would like to take this opportunity to explain why we request that the photos and videos are used for personal use only and are not uploaded onto social media sites such as Facebook or YouTube.
 
For the Belmont website, we ask permission from all parents and carers before uploading photos of pupils. We also ensure that children are not identified in any photos that are uploaded. However, some parents have requested that photos of their children are not used.

Some people do not want their image online for personal or religious reasons. Some children, families and staff may have a complex family background which means that sharing their image online can have unforeseen consequences. Unfortunately there could also be times when some children and adults may be at risk and must not have their image put online and not all members of the school community will know who they are.

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

 

Mrs Shales


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