Online Safety

At Rowan High School we take online safety very seriously.

All staff have annual training in how to keep pupils and staff safe online and there is also annual online safety training provided for parents. 

Pupils are taught about online safety through the computing curriculum see Curriculum > Teaching & Learning > Computing for more details.

Pupils are also taught how to be safe online during PSHE lessons.

If you have any concerns on how to install Parent safety settings at home please contact school who can help you.

Online Safety Tips :-

1. Don’t share any personal information

Online users don’t need to know your personal information including your home address, phone number or full name. You wouldn’t hand personal information out to strangers personally — don’t hand it out to millions of people online!

2. Keep your privacy settings on

Web browsers and mobile operating systems have settings available to protect your privacy online. Major websites like Facebook also have privacy-enhancing settings available. These settings are sometimes (deliberately) hard to find because companies want your personal information for its marketing value. Make sure you have enabled these privacy safeguards, and keep them enabled!

3. Practice safe browsing

You wouldn’t choose to walk through a dangerous neighbourhood… don’t visit dangerous neighbourhoods online. Ensure you only search and engage in content online that is required!

4. Make sure your internet connection is secure. Use a secure VPN connection

To improve your Internet browsing safety, use secure VPN connection (virtual private network). VPN enables you to have a secure connection between your device and an Internet server that no one can monitor or access the information that you’re inputting.

5. Be careful what you download

A top goal of cybercriminals is to trick you into downloading malware — programs or apps that carry malware or try to steal information. This malware can be disguised as an app: anything from a popular game to something that checks the weather. Don’t download apps that look suspicious or come from a site you don’t trust!

6. Choose strong passwords

A strong password is one that is unique and complex — at least 15 characters long, mixing letters, numbers and special characters! Don’t share your password with anyone than your parent/guardian… even if they ask!

7. Be careful what you post

The Internet does not have a delete key… Any comment or image you post online will stay online forever because removing the original does not remove any copies that other people made. There is no way for you to “take back” a remark you wish you hadn’t made, or get rid of that embarrassing selfie. Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want everyone to see!

8. Be careful who you meet online

You should never engage in conversation about meeting up with somebody you have been talking to online before speaks to your parents/guardians. People you meet online are not always who they claim to be. Indeed, they may not even be real!

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