Social Media Safety Warning

E Safety

There is a link here to the NSPCC website which helps parents and children have a better understanding of staying safe online.  There are videos, posters and guides for you to download to help you keep your child safe at home.  Click here to visit the website.
The NSPCC have also brought out a website to give parents advice on the different apps and networks your child might use. Visit for more information.
Click here for the NSPCC's guide for parents.
At St Mary's, we understand that our children's safety is paramount both in the real world and in today's forever-growing electronic world. 
We realise that technology is a wonderful thing and getting better day-by-day. The use of technology has increased dramatically over the years and the world we live in today relies heavily upon it. For this reason it is crucial that the children in today's society learn the skills needed in ICT. We promote this by incorporating the use of computers and other electronic devices in school, such as digital cameras, as well as creating as many cross-curricular links with ICT in as many of our lessons as possible.
We now send home at the beginning of the year an Acceptable Use Policy.  This is a contract for parents and children to read together and sign that they agree to follow the school rules for using the internet.
As a school we follow the SMART approach to E Safety.

The Five SMART E-Safety Areas are as follows:

S – Safe – This gives the children an overview of how to keep safe on the internet, from what information to share online to who you are speaking to. As well as this the children are advised when and where to use personal devices, such as mobile phones and Ipods.

– Meeting – This makes the children aware that meeting someone online is extremely dangerous and that it should not be done under any circumstances. ‘Online Friends Stay Online!'

A – Accepting - This focuses on potential problems that can arise from opening unknown files, emails, texts, etc.

R – Reliable – This shows the children how easy it is to be misled either on the internet or over the phone, via text. In addition, the children are made aware of the fact that not all the information they find and read online is always true.

T – Tell – This highlights the fact that it is vital to tell somebody, like a friend, Teacher, parent and now an E-Safety Ambassador if they have got any issues. We also cover Cyber-Bulling and its effects.


Our E safety policy 


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The Coroner’s Office has requested that some information be disseminated regarding and online game/app called DOKI DOKI and the risks to young people in terms of their emotional health and potential suicide.

Doki Doki, also known as Doki Doki Literature Club does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc are aimed at young people. In essence, the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping. All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths. Concerns have been raised that this is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.

This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased to unlock extra content. The coroner and GMP have now contacted the NSPCC to raise this to their online safety team but prior to the contact the NSPCC Online Safety team had had no record of this game.

"The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much."

You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe and you might also be thinking, "how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?"  (Thinkuknow)

The above site aims to make online parenting simple.


Parental guide - Playstation

Parental guide - Apple

Parental guide - Nintendo switch

Parental guide - WiiU

Parental guide - XBOX family

Parental guide - XBOX 360

Parental guide - XBOX one

Parental guide - Nintendo 3DS


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