At Gillas Lane Primary Academy we promote the use of the internet and technology both at home and at school as we feel that it is an invaluable tool for teaching, learning and is indeed an amazing resource. Although the internet has many advantages it is also important that we take Internet Safety very seriously. At Gillas Lane we educate our pupils on how to make safe and responsible use of the internet and promote the key message that:
"It is always best to tell an adult you can trust"
AS PARENTS YOU CAN HELP BY:
- having open discussions about your expectations and how to stay safe online
- closely monitoring the sites your children are accessing
- limiting the amount of time your allow your child to spend online or using gaming devices
- discouraging the use of social network sites under the legal age of 13 such as Facebook however if your child does use social media remind them to only communicate with friends and family (people they know and trust in the real world), and also to ensure that their privacy settings are set high and to make them aware of how to report an incident if they feel uncomfortable.
- ensuring they do not give out any personal details to people they meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS4.
- take notice of PEGI ratings - age rating is there for a reason and could mean that your child is being exposed to inappropriate materials if you do not abide by them.
- The designated safeguarding officers in school are Mrs. Monaghan (Headteacher), Mrs. Straughan (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs. Shovlin (Director of Safeguarding and Welfare). If you have any concerns about online safety please contact one of these members of staff.