Internet and Computer Safety
Sirius Academy takes internet and computer safety very seriously
The Academy uses an electronic “firewall” to control access to the internet. This means that students are unable to access inappropriate websites. The Safeguarding Team receives notification when breaches of the firewall are attempted. Where this involves safeguarding concerns students are spoken to in order to ensure their safety.
The Academy safeguards students using our facilities via an external monitor. Students searching for terms suggesting they may need additional support or writing inappropriate or concerning statements are picked up by the Safeguarding Team so that appropriate actions and support can be put in place.
All students sign an agreement that clearly sets out the Academy’s expectations of computer users. Breaches of this are dealt with via the Discipline for Learning system.
The internet provides students with an incredible opportunity for research, communication and learning. The Academy ensures that students are able to traverse it with confidence whilst also understanding that like other aspects of life they need to be conscious of their safety. Students learn about the potential dangers of the internet, email, chat rooms, and social networking sites like Facebook. They also learn what cyber-bullying is and how to deal with it.
The Academy aims to make all of its students responsible and safe users of ICT.
What are the issues?
The internet – on the whole is an inspiring and positive place.
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.
However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.
You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities.
Children are gaining access to and owning their own devices from a ever younger age. Devices can be great for learning and development, however parents should be aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn’t when online.
Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself.
E-Safety Tips for Parents
InternetMatters.org is a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to help keep children safe in the digital world.
KCOM Parental Internet Settings
KCOM Parental Controls lets you choose how much of the internet you would like you and your family to see. It’s easy to set up and will help you make sure that your family is safe using the internet in your home.
Know your social media
We would like to provide parents with the information they need to understand their child’s online world and help them keep their children safe online. Click on any icon to find out further information.
Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself.
Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends.
Instagram is a picture and video sharing app.
Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets.
Pinterest is an online interactive pin board.
Whatsapp is an instant messaging app, which lets you send messages, images and videos to friends.
ROBLOX is a user-generated gaming platform where you can create your own games.
YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos.