Whether you are familiar with technology or not, it is likely that you are playing catch-up with the way your daughter is using the internet and mobile technology. The way she uses technology to communicate, explore and be creative is constantly changing. You may not be sure what your daughter is doing online is safe. At Burntwood, students are given e-safety lessons as part of their pastoral, PSHE and academic curricula. We emphasize that being safe is about being smart and making informed decisions. It is about what to do when she does not feel comfortable.
As a parent, we recommend that you:
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s online development. This is easier said than done, but be inquisitive with regard to the sites your daughter is using. Your daughter will use the internet to socialise – discuss with them what they are doing.
- Just like the offline world, set boundaries in the online world. Do you know how long your daughter spends online in a week?
- Find out how they connect to the internet. Is it by phone, computer, laptop, games console or even TV? Is it your connection or someone else’s Wi-Fi?
- Use parental controls – they can help filter or block inappropriate content and reduce potential risks.
- Remind your daughter that someone online is not necessarily the same in the real world. Make sure that she knows never to meet up with anyone she has only met online without taking a trusted adult with her.
For further information on the rules and regulations with regard to your daughter’s use of the internet at school, please read the school policy below.
Burntwood School Acceptable Usage Policy and Agreement.
More help and excellent tips can be found at:
This site gives specific secondary school advice and answers frequently asked questions, for example, how to your daughter about webcams.
CEOP Police This is the site of CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), a government agency that works to protect children from harm online (and offline), and is a good source of information and advice.
CEOP Thinkuknow CEOP's interactive website for everything to do with E-safety.
Childnet ChildNet International is a non-profit organisation working to make the internet a “great and safe place for children”. It has the information and resources on mobiles, gaming, downloading and social networking.
An informative document produced by the Department of Education which gives advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying, how to protect your daughter and how to tackle it if it happens.
Click here to read e-Safety advice for students.