The internet has brought us many benefits and at St Laurence School, we recognise the power of ICT as an environment for learning and communication. However, we fully appreciate the pressure today’s students will experience online and we take their health, happiness and safety extremely seriously. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing is as important to us as their academic success. We want to work in partnership with students and their parents / carers to support them with online safety and strongly believe a team work approach works best for everyone.
It is our responsibility
- To educate and protect students and staff in their use of technology;
- To have the appropriate procedures in place to intervene and support online safety incidents where appropriate.
Online Safety Guidance and Support for Parents and Carers
In order to support your child, have a conversation about online safety, maintain openness and an interest in their online activity by asking to see their profiles every now and then and discuss the many risks of being online eg. sexting, adult content, fake news/misinformation etc. You may wish to consider parental controls on their devices and the privacy settings they have if you are allowing them to use social media. We all need to encourage our young people to think about their digital reputation and should aim to be a good role model online ourselves.
At St Laurence School, we have subscribed to a new online resource for the whole community. ‘National Online Safety’ is a comprehensive online safety programme with resources on:
- setting up parental controls for all models of phone and other devices;
- online safety guides to all social media platforms;
- online gaming;
- how to report a problem.
In order to create a personal account, please use this link:
Additional Support and Guidance
Social Media and Cyber-advice Posters (PDSC/ChildSafeVPN)
Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by the police, who believe that the majority of cyber crime can be prevented by taking a few simple steps.
PDSC partners, ChildsafeVPN has created a set of useful infographics about cyber-safety aspects of the main apps and sites that young people may come across.
You can download the posters here: https://www.policedsc.com/security-advice/safeguarding
If you are worried about online activity, online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online, you can report this via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command website:
For further information about staying safe online please see the following links:
Policy Relating to Online Safety
These policies are:
- Policy on Acceptable Use of Mobile Phones
- Policy on Anti-Bullying
- School Policy On Online Safety