At Newmarket Academy we want staff, children, parents and carers to create a school community that embraces the use of different technologies to enhance learning and thinking, as well as teach all of our children how to be safe and responsible digital citizens, who make informed decisions about their actions online.
What we do in school
All of our staff are trained and regularly updated on current online safety trends.
We have held assemblies for all student on ‘using the internet safely’ and Year 8 have had presentations and workshops with Suffolk Police as part of a whole day ‘Challenge Day’.
We have Online Safety Ambassadors who work in partnership with primary schools to promote safer use of the internet across our community. As part of ‘Safer Internet Day’ they lead a number of assemblies and social media campaigns.
We are also, on a daily basis, working with our students on using the internet safely. This is through our curriculum and House programme as well as in displays around the school and through ongoing dialogue on checking the security settings on their apps, especially social media. Our approach is:
make sure accounts are set to private
ensure ghost mode in place so that geo-location information is not available
do not accept friend requests from people you do not know
We also discuss the ‘share-aware’ aspect of social media:
Do not share videos or pictures of your friends/people you know without their consent
Do not give any information out that might help to identify you (pictures of you in school uniform, addresses, pictures with street signs in etc)
If something feels uncomfortable, do not respond
If someone is inappropriate online, block them and report them
Do not respond to peer pressure
In the case of online harassment or cyber bullying we promote the use of the ‘SMART’ action plan:
Screenshot any offensive or harassing messages
Make sure your privacy settings are set so only people you know and trust can see what you post
Avoid further communication with or retaliation to those sending the messages
Report the incident(s) to internet service providers’ websites and/or social media sites
Talk to a parent, carer, teacher or friend if you are concerned or contact victim support
What you can do at home
Discuss the latest trends with your children. Every Wednesday National Online Safety produce a guide called #WakeUpWednesday that focusses on specific platforms/ risks which all parents should be aware of. Follow this
Vodafone run a Digital Parenting website which covers lots of helpful aspects of keeping your child safe when online, from setting the privacy controls to parental controls to digital life skills. This is an excellent and easy to navigate website. http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
Lastly, here are some good resources for parents/carers to access to work with their child to help them have a positive and safe time when online:
Know it All The parents’ section of the Know It All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Digizen Provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens.
The following links will give you lots of useful information on how to keep you and your child safe when using the internet.