Internet Safety

St. Benedict's College takes internet safety seriously we encourage pupils and parents to be vigilant and be aware of all potential dangers.  All Year 8 pupils are given advice on how to develop online safety guidelines.
 
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Below you will find links to websites giving information and guidance about internet safety:

Thinkuknow
Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - Kidsmart is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International. Includes sets of resources that breakdown using ICT safely both in school and at home, addressing acceptable use, anti-bullying, use of photography and issues around child protection. There are some really good resources, lesson plans and free leaflets from various charities including Childnet.

http://www.childnet-int.org/- Childnet International - a non-profit organisation working with others to "help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.

For Teachers
http://schools.becta.org.uk/BECTA Publication - Signposts to safety: Teaching e-safety (This booklet contains background information, advice and guidance for teachers relating to e-safety issues. It signposts appropriate opportunities to embed e-safety within the curriculum and free online teaching resources from a range of organisations to help support lessons)

For Parents
http://www.childalert.co.uk/- Parent Centre - For all parents and carers who want to help their child or children to learn. Here you will find support, information and advice about your child's learning and the English education system. BBC Chatguide for Parents www.childalert.co.uk - All aspects of child safety on wide range of topics including internet and mobile phone safety. www.cyberangels.org - American website - Information for parents For Pupils/Students

BBC Chatguide for Children BBC Chatguide for Teens - A place for teens and parents to learn how to use the Internet safely. No preaching, just good advice 
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/cybernetrix/index.html- (WSC) activities for teenagers to help them understand the issues of safety and security online CyberNetrix - Great site for creating an online room to explore how to stay out of trouble on the net.

Organisations
http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/- NCH - campaigns for wider access to information and communication technology for children from less advantaged backgrounds. We also recognise that the internet enables those who would harm children to have wider and more direct access to them. Therefore we strongly promote online safety for all children. http://www.iwf.org.uk/ Internet Watch Foundation - The UK hotline for reporting illegal content specifically: Child abuse images hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK www.icra.org - Internet Content Rating Association - an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to direct users to the content they want, to trust what they find, and to avoid content they prefer not to see, whether for themselves or their children. ChildLine - Free helpline for children and young people in the UK Other Useful Links
http://http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=1497 Get Safe Online will help you protect yourself against internet threats. The site is sponsored by government and leading businesses working together to provide a free, public service.

http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/- The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of police forces from around the world working together to fight online child abuse. www.besafeonline.org - Advice and information about Internet safety for parents and teachers, plus opportunities to discuss problems and share solutions. This guidance is intended to make adults more aware of how to use the Internet safely, so that they can encourage safe behaviour online among children and young people. www.safekids.com - Your family's guide to making the Internet and Technology
fun, safe and productive.
 
http://www.google.co.uk/familysafety/ - Child Internet Safety is a scheme operated by Bespoke Computing Ltd to raise awareness of illicit Internet material through the use of web content filtering software produced by SolarSoft Ltd whilst raising money to boost essential school funds. www.getnetwise.org - child safety on the internet, how to stop spam/unwanted emails, advice about spyware etc
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