At Loreto Grammar School, in line with our Mission statement which seeks to enable the girls “to meet with confidence the challenges of a changing world”, we promote safe, responsible and ethical use of the Internet and technology. We ensure students receive crucial eSafety education, to allow them to make best and safe use of technology. Equally, our role is to support parents in the development of their daughters and in their responsibility for their daughters.
How to report a concern
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP):
Internet Watch Foundation:
Apps that can cause concern
TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos. You may have heard of the app by its previous name: Musical.ly. Everything that was on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. If your child previously had a Musical.ly account they will be able to access their content on TikTok. The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s. TikTok is free to download on Android and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It carries ads and offers in-app purchases. It has about 150 million active users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.
Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app. It can be a fun and app when used carefully and with very clear ground rules. Apps like Snapchat serve as a reminder to parents that they need to be vigilant about their children's smartphone use and to monitor their activity to prevent problems like sexting, cyberbullying, cyberstalking etc
Safer Internet Day 9th February 2021
During lockdown, young people are spending even more time on line. In order to support them using the internet safely, we focused on internet safety in the week commencing 8th February. We followed the theme of the national Safer Internet Day which this year is;
‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’
The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?
The campaign focuses on knowing what to trust online and supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world.
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.
All forms had an assembly introducing the theme and then students had the chance to explore some of the activities available on the Safer Internet website during afternoon registration or form period.
Other useful websites include;
The DfE also recommends;
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
- Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
- UK Safer Internet Centre (tips, advice, guides)
- Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
GMP have signposted;
https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting- Vodafone offer advice for parents and have a Digital Parenting magazine available online and offer other great advice on their website
Trafford Authority have signposted particular advice regarding sexting;