At RGS we strive to make the ubiquitous world of technology a safer place for our students and their families. We teach our students about the dangers of the internet and how to combat these, as well as how to be responsible digital citizens. On this page we aim to offer our parents information and advice on how they can help make the internet a safer place in their own homes.
Safer Internet Day Assembly - Parents welcome! 9 February 2016 - 9:00 am
Free Parental Controls
Did you know that most internet service providers provide free parental controls for your home internet. Once this is enabled it will work on all your home PCs, laptops and WiFi-connected devices such as tablets and phones. Follow this link for video guides on how to enable these controls for BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
What can we do?
Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
Safer Internet Day 2016
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!