Internet Safety at St.Francis Xavier Senior School
Welcome to St. Francis Xavier Senior School’s Internet Safety page!
The whole school community have been very proactive in the last couple of weeks promoting Internet Safety Week and Safer Internet Day!
We welcomed Paula O’Connor, our guest speaker, from
‘Don’t be mean behind the screen’.
Paula completed Internet Safety Workshops with each of the class groupings on February 4th and 5th. The children were fully engaged in the workshops, displaying great enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn about safer internet use.
It was wonderful to see the parents attend the Parent Workshop on Wednesday morning. Paula provided a very informative session on Internet Safety, offering constructive advice on the use of smart phones, gaming, parental controls and the use of social media. The feedback from parents after completing this workshop was extremely positive.
Internet Safety Week commenced on February 10th
Every day, each of the class groupings completed lessons from Webwise.ie.
Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre and aims to educate and promote dialogue between children, teachers and parents on safe and appropriate use of the internet and new media. It is funded by the Department of Education and the EU Safer Internet Programme.
Third and Fourth classes completed lessons from Htmail Heroes.
Fifth and Sixth class completed lessons from My Selfie and the Wider World.
Webwise has also a very informative section for parents seeking guidance on Internet use.
Safer Internet Day was on the 11th of February. This day is celebrated internationally using the slogan ‘Together for a Better Internet’. We confirmed our shared commitment to Safer internet Day by designing posters to illustrate all we have learned on the topic.
Paula O’Connor has provided us with some tips to help parents to assist their children with Internet Safety:
‘Don’t Be Mean Behind Your Screen’
Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop
Discussion points for parents/teachers
- Talk to young people about the Internet, bring digital media into your conversations everyday – not just when things go wrong.
- Set the ground rules – have an agreement in place with regard to usage.
- Be in Control – Devices should be within an earshot, so you can hear what’s going on, with NO devices in the bedroom.
- Parental Controls – Familiarise yourself with these controls, this will allow you a little more control
- Just like in the real world take an interest in what they like to do online – start by finding out what games they like to play, what phone apps are relevant and what social networking platforms are favourite with them and their friends
- Speak to young people about Stranger Danger and how dangerous it can be if they were to over share personal information – not everyone is your friend when online, even if they are nice to you or make you feel special!!
- From the time our kids are young we always encourage them to make friends through Home 2. School 3. Community 4. After school activity 5. Through a mutual friend – they NEVER make friends online
- ALL online profiles should be set to private and each person on their friend list must be known to them, especially on Apps like, Tik Tok and SnapChat.
- They must NEVER, EVER arrange to meet up with someone they’ve only been in contact with online.
- Do they feel peer pressure moving forward on the ladder of progression, are they being put under pressure to move forward to overrated games and social media sites just so they don’t feel different to their group.
- Social media can change the way young people feel about themselves – always encourage them to love who they are and not to compare themselves to anyone else.
- When gaming restrict time of play – that way they cannot become addicted and give a gentle reminder around 15mins from the end of playtime
- Talk to them about the importance of creating a healthy balance when it comes to screen time, if there is no healthy balance it can have adverse effects on their friendships, their academic performance, their hobbies and their health.
- They should never share passwords – it gives others full control of their digital footprint, your friend today may not be your friend tomorrow!
- Encourage young people never to post pictures, graphics or videos of themselves or a friend who is under the age of 18yrs as this could have serious consequences.
Tips for parents
- Apply ground rules for internet use, have an agreement of usage in placeapply sanctions if the rules are broken and be consistent.
- If your child is putting you under pressure to get Apps or Games that are over their age limit, please DON’T GIVE IN.
- Discuss with your child how long they can spend on their device – Set time limits for usage – especially for gaming
- Never allow young people to keep their device overnight in their bedroom.
- Be approachable, your child should feel like they can come to you with issues or questions and that you won’t be cross or fly off the handle
- Set your values, express your fears for them in an online world full of people that you just can’t trust.
- Talk to them about respect not only themselves but also others online, teach them to be courageous.
- If your child is a target of Cyberbullying, encourage them to Record the evidence, Report and Block the Bully and then inform relevant authorities
- If your child is a victim, never take away their device as in their eyes it appears like they are being punished for a situation they had no control over
- Make sure to tell your child that this situation is not their fault and nobody has the right to be cruel, mean or nasty to them while they are online
- Try to keep up-to-date with what young people are doing online where at all possible.
Discuss all of the above points with young people and between you, come up with a list of points on how you can use the Internet safely and responsibly.
If you need help find me on Facebook:
‘Don’t be mean behind your screen’