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Coombes Boys School

Online Behaviour and E-Safety

Supporting your SON in the online world

The internet and social media undoubtedly play a significant role in the lives of our young people. At Coombe, we feel that it is important that not only staff are informed of the issues but that parents and students are too.

Throughout the year we discuss and explore online behaviour and safety through lessons, SMSC sessions and dedicated events such as 'e-safety week'.

Some important tips we have for parents are below:

  • Families may wish to set up a family agreement on how they will use the internet.   Some useful tips and a template to help get you started can be found here: Childnet - Parents and Carers

  • When studying at home on a screen, have short movement breaks every 20 mins.  It's also important to make sure you change posture regularly, refocus eyes; and doing some simple stretching exercises can be very useful too.  Have regular complete screen breaks, get outside, and exercise.

  • Avoid screen time one hour before going to sleep.

  • When using google classroom and school Chromebooks, remember students searches, posts and comments are monitored.

  • Keep an open dialogue about Internet Safety.  Use current news as a conversation starter. Remain non-judgmental and keep an open mind.  Be positive about the internet and its benefits.

  • What if it goes wrong?  Children will make mistakes online just as they do in the real world.  Help them to be open and honest about difficulties that they are having by remaining calm and curious.  There are many organisations that can help including school, the police and specialists such as the ones listed in the document below.

Important Tips for Young People

  • Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.

  • Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.

  • Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.

  • Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.

  • Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.

  • Consider how social media and extensive use of the internet impacts your emotional wellbeing and your sleep.  Use some of the resources below for advice on what you can do if you feel your mental health is being affected by your internet use.  Have time limits for how long you spend on social media or games and make sure you turn off screens at least an hour before going to bed.

Useful Links:

Thinkyouknow

Childline - Online and Mobile Safety

Youngminds - Social Media and Mental Health

Childnet

Safer Internet - Resources for 11-19 year olds

Parent Info from CEOP

SNapchat 

A guide to everything parents need to know about the hugely popular picture sharing app, created by Parent Info, CEOP’s education programme.

sexting - parents support
 

When school is open

If parents are concerned that their child may have been involved in an incident involving sexting, they can do the following:

• They can make a report themselves directly to CEOP. Its child protection advisers will outline what to do next: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

• They can also make a report direct to the social networking site(s) the image has been posted on, or any website or online platform that has published it.

• They should be encouraged to talk to a member of school staff even if it has occurred outside of school.

Further information and advice on a wide range of issues, including sexting can be found here.