At Falmouth School we take student safety very seriously. We acknowledge the benefits that the internet has brought to education and work hard to ensure all students are able to fully utilise it. We hope that the information and links on this page will help you support and protect your child whilst online.
Internet Safety Tips
Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Helpline for people who have experienced sexual abuse in education settings launched
The Department for Education has commissioned the NSPCC to launch a new helpline called ‘Report Abuse in Education’. The helpline comes after numerous anonymised testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges were shared to the Everyone’s Invited website in late March 2021.
Falmouth School supports the reporting of this information and recognise that creating a culture that fosters healthy relationships and challenges harassment and abuse is integral to moving our society forwards. The right support for teachers, compulsory relationships and sex education all play a pivotal role in achieving this. The issue goes beyond school and we all have a role to keeping children safe.
The newly launched helpline will provide support to:
• children and young people who want to share current and non-recent experiences of sexual abuse and harassment
• children and young people who want to talk about being involved in or witnessing any incidents
• anyone who works or volunteers in a school setting and needs support and guidance
• adults who have experienced non-recent abuse
• parents and carers who are concerned about their own child or other children.
Young people and adults can contact Report Abuse in Education on 0800 136 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org