Woodlands School is committed to ensuring our students stay safe online. This page is designed not only for parents and carers but for students themselves. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to get in touch with the school and we will do our best to help.
Links for Parents/Carers
The best way to help ensure safety when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to each other and to be aware of the following simple rules:
- Don't give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
- Talk to each other about what you are doing online and who you are talking to. If you are not familiar with things then show each other how to use them. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your online experiences, this way young people are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
- If young people receive a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
- Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
- Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
- Remember that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. Young people should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
- Make sure young people know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
- Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.