Cyber bullying, grooming, violent and inappropriate images or video and sharing personal information and photos are all an online threat to children. It is important to protect your children using the available free settings on your home devices and computers.
At Wendell Park we are committed to the use of computer technologies and recognise the internet as a valuable tool for learners of all ages. However Wendell Park acknowledges the potential for inappropriate use and access to undesirable material and thus we have a duty of care to protect our pupils through the provision of a thorough and comprehensive e-safety education.
All pupils use computer facilities, including the internet as an essential part of the curriculum and to support learning opportunities wherever possible.
Please see below for further tips and links to useful websites.
We also run parent workshops on online safety, so please look out for dates in the diary and newsletters.
There are free parental controls and filters available, to help you set safer boundaries for your children, but YOU will usually be required to set them up. Your internet service provider (such as BT or TalkTalk) will provide free filters to help block age inappropriate content for children, and on the UK Safer Internet Centre website you can watch video tutorials that show you how to find and set these up. All Mobile phone operators (such as O2 or Vodafone) also provide such parental controls for free. The websites of device manufacturers (such as games consoles and mobile phones & tablets ) outline the controls and settings to enable restrictions on adult and age approriate content. It is important to use these.
This is an excellent website full of family safe info including making mobile devices safe too.
At home safety tools can be implemented on your broadband connection to filter content. Talk Talk's Homesafe setting
http://sales.talktalk.co.uk/product/homesafe Virgin`s Websafe setting
http://my.virginmedia.com/my-apps/websafe.html Sky's Mc Afee Parental Controls
http://help.sky.com/security/stay-safe-online/set-up-mcafee-parental-controls/preview BT`s Family Protection