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Following a nomination by Microsoft, The Grammar School proudly announces that it is now recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School for 2014-2015.  The Grammar School has now joined an exclusive group of schools across the world which successfully integrates technology with teaching and learning to deliver more personalized education to ...

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Internet Safety Tips for Parents

  • Assure your children that you know you can count on them to use the Internet responsibly.  Children need to feel they’re trusted.
  • Set clear expectations for your child, based on age and maturity. Does your child have a list of websites she/he needs to stick with when doing her /his research? Is she/he allowed to use a search engine to find appropriate sites? Is your child allowed to visit social networking sites such as Facebook and Ask.Fm?  What sites is she/he allowed to visit just for fun? Write down the rules and place them next to the computer.
  • Use filtering software designed to help parents limit the websites children can access. Some programs have monitoring features that can tell you which sites your child visits and can even send you a message letting you know your child is online.
  • Tell your child if you are using software to track her/his online activity. Remind him/her that you are not spying; you are keeping him/her safe.
  • Stay involved with your child’s school by remaining in close contact with your child’s teachers and counselors. If trouble is brewing among students online, it probably started at school. Knowing what’s going on at school, will increase the chances that you’ll hear about what’s happening online.
  • A growing concern with children and the Internet is online bullying. Ask your child specific questions about whether she/he is being bullied at school or online. Talk about your own experiences in school with bullying, allowing him/her know you can understand them. Assure your child that you won’t try to fix the problem, if it is happening, without talking to him/her first.
  • Parents often worry about their child being bullied, but they don’t readily consider that their child could be a bully. Talk to your child about why it is not OK to bully other children, online or in person. Teach compassion and kindness; from the get-go, they will know that being a bully...doesn’t feel good.
  • Tell your child that people who introduce themselves on the Internet are often not who they say they are. Show your child how easy it is to assume another identity online. Don’t assume your child knows everything about the Internet. Children are naturally trusting.
  • Instruct your child to never give out personal information online, including her/his full name, gender, age, school, address, or teams. Teach your child to be generic and anonymous on the Internet.
  • Clear, simple, easy-to-read house rules should be posted on or near the monitor. Create your own computer that can be signed by adults and children and should be periodically reviewed.
  • Always read a website's privacy policy before giving any personal information. Also make sure that a website offers a secure connection before giving credit card information.
  • Websites for children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent's permission. Talk to children about what personal information is and why you should never give it to people online.
  • Talk to children about not responding to offensive or dangerous emails, chats, or other communications. Contact the Safer Internet Helpline for assistance and guidance. Do not delete the offensive or dangerous email.
  • Get informed about computers and the Internet.
  • Let children show you what they can do online, and visit their favorite sites.
  • Have children use child-friendly search engines when completing homework.
  • Know who children are exchanging emails with, and only let them use chat areas when you can supervise.
  • Be aware of any other electronic devices connected to the internet that your child may be using.
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