During Computer Science lessons and indeed across our school community we embrace the the digital age via lessons and during our own free time. The Internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, blogs, podcasting and social networks are becoming increasingly important in all of our daily lives and have many positive benefits. At WGSB we seek to create responsible digital citizens.
Socially young adults often use the Internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends' and these interacts are becoming part of their identity. Access to the Internet can take place anywhere and at any time so we need to make sure our students are able to use the Internet safely. Many online users are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or even becoming addicted to the Internet.
Our programme of online safety guides your child through the benefits and dangers of having a virtual presence. Through assemblies, dedicated tutor programmes and bespoke PHSE sessions we actively prepare our students to be responsible digital citizens. It is imperative that we all have a role to play in keeping students safe online.
If you have any concerns we encourage you to contact your son/daughter's Student Support Manager for advice and guidance or report it to CEOP (Child exploitation and Online protection Centre).
What Parents/Carers can do:
- The Internet of Things: 9 ways to make your connected home more secure
- Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules for screen time and when tech families gather (Parent info)
- UK Safer Internet Center
- Digital Wellbeing
How to be safe
The following links will give students advice and guidance on how to be safe online as well as how parents/carers can protect their children too.
CEOP INFORMATION. For advice, help and to report issues, please click here.
The internet can be great fun. You can chat to your friends, play games and learn about new things. But sometimes things happen which can make you upset. People may say mean things which make you feel sad, or you may see something that you don’t like. If this happens, you must remember it’s not your fault. You can also tell us at CEOP what is happening so we can help you. If there is an adult you trust, like your mum, dad, carer or teacher, get them to help you fill out the form. Click here to get the form