The internet is part of everyday life and has many positive benefits including keeping in touch with family and friends. However, it is important that the internet is used safely. At Maltby Academy we feel the following are important for students:
For self and others online. It is important to consider what you say and what images you share; once something has been sent it becomes public and can last for ever. Sexting, or the possession and sharing of indecent images of children and young people who are under 18 is illegal.
It is important to only give personal contact information to trusted friends and family. It is equally important to know how to use privacy settings, how to block someone who is behaving badly, and how to keep records of offending messages, pictures and conversations. Secure passwords should be used for sites that are visited regularly and accounts deactivated when they are no longer used – this reduces the risk of hacking.
People that you meet online are still strangers. Young people should only meet them with the knowledge of their parent/carer who should accompany them on a first meeting. Young people should not arrange to meet them in the company of their friends as they could be put at risk too. The other person should be taking the same precautions so a young person doesn’t need to worry about offending them.
Young people should tell someone if they have been victim of unsafe activity on the internet or have come across suspicious behaviour. They should tell an adult – this could be a parent/carer or someone in school – or make a report to CEOP, and the social network provider. If they are worried they can ring ChildLine on 0800 1111
Create a positive footprint. Young people should share positive posts, vlogs and tweets, and celebrate the good things they have done.
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Support at Maltby Academy
At Maltby Academy we raise awareness of e-safety through the PSHE curriculum, however, if you do have any concerns you can contact your child’s House Manager or speak to any of the following:
Mr M Boucher: Assistant Principal, Behaviour and Standards
Mrs S Graham: Associate Senior Leader, Designated Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead
Mrs H Smith: Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer
Ms D Frith: Complex Case Officer
Mr S Gilboy: Climate for Learning Manager
Click here for the e-safety policy and we can offer a range of pastoral support including referral to one of our Rotherham MAST counsellors, family mental health practitioners and/or Early Help services.
Click here for additional resources.