“Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just about a top-down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”
Dr Tanya Byron
At St Therese’s we take E-Safety very seriously and we pride ourselves on taking a lead in teaching our students how to use new technology safely. We have an appointed DCF skills teacher within the school who increases student awareness of issues relating to online safety.
All of our pupils follow the SMART rules when using the internet.
S = SAFE
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, school name to people who you don’t know or trust online.
M = MEETING
Meeting someone you have only just been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parent’s or carer’s permission and even then only when they can be present.
A = ACCEPTING
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain nasty messages or viruses.
R = RELIABLE
Someone online might be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet might not be correct.
T = TELL
Tell you parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable while using the internet