On this page, we have put together some resources to help you and your family stay safe whilst using technology.
At Franciscan, we believe children have a right to knowledge and information. It is our collective responsibility to help them access it in a safe manner.
Through a variety of interventions we teach children to be respectful Digital Citizens. This means building respect within our digital communities, dealing effectively with negative comment and users, reflecting on our own sense of self and self worth, practical understanding of online safety
How you can help
Have a chat
Communication is key. Talk to your child about how they use technology, where they go, what they enjoy and what they don't. Having these conversations, without any judgements, allows them to feel comfortable and you to understand. If something comes up you are unfamiliar with, take a break and have a Google! Follow up if needed.
What is important here is not to make any immediate action. As they get older it will be more important to keep those lines of communication open.
Make sure that you go through all the different safety features of the tools your kids are using. This should include:
- Parental controls for devices such as phones and games consoles
- Privacy features for social media
- Privacy features for apps
- Blocking and reporting inappropriate content
Ask your children how they would keep safe. If they don’t know, should they be using the services?
Make sure your children:
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
Computers are a valuable resource and we are privileged to be able to provide a range of technologies across the curriculum. All pupils are asked to agree to a Technology Use Agreement, which you can find below. We also have a Home Technology Use Agreement that you may find helpful.
Our Home School agreement
Our computer use agreement
Our YouTube channel has links to lots of useful videos including making good passwords, how to secure your home devices, and e-safety videos.
Please find links and resources below
The following websites provide some really useful tools to help you approach e-safety and digital citizenry
- vsc ratings
- Ask about games
- Internet matters
- uk safer internet centre
- parent Info.org