St Vincent’s is a safe place for children, where we take our responsibilities for safeguarding very seriously. We teach the children about personal safety and how to keep themselves safe from harm. We have rigorous policies for child protection, train staff and volunteers and complete all the checks required by the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.
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This section is about keeping your children safe on the internet.
The internet is a wonderful place which allows children to learn, communicate with others and share their thoughts and ideas. But just like any other environment, children need to be taught how to use it safely and need to be supervised until they are old enough to understand the dangers.
For parents this is difficult because children are often able to learn how to use new technologies faster than we adults can. They learn by exploring. We wouldn’t dream of letting them explore cities or mountains or strange places without us there to keep a close eye on them. The internet needs the same supervision. At the same time, we need to teach our children how to recognise dangers for themselves and how to behave responsibly in the digital world.
That includes teaching them how comments they make and information or photos they upload or text to a friend, will no longer be under their control but can easily and quickly be spread across the internet. Unlike a comment made in the playground, a text or a comment on the internet is not private and quickly forgotten but there for all to see permanently.
It also means children must be shown that not everything they see on the internet will be true. They need teaching about reliable sites and about checking information.
Children will quickly find ways around some of the safety precautions websites try to set up. For example, social network sites like facebook and twitter do not allow children under the age of 13 to set up accounts. However only parents can ensure that children do not simply use false information to by-pass this safety precaution.
The links below can help parents in teaching children the skills they need to get the most out of the internet and stay safe.
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