Aylesbury Grammar School works with staff, students and parents/carers to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential online safety risks.
We discuss, monitor and review our online safety policy, advice and guidelines on a regular basis, linking it with other relevant policies such as Safeguarding, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies. We support staff in the use of ICT as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of online safety across the whole school curriculum.
We ensure that students are aware of the potential online safety risks associated with the use of ICT and mobile technologies, and that students feel able and confident to report incidents and abide by the school’s online safety policy and specific ICT acceptable use policies.
We provide opportunities for parents/carers to receive online safety education and information, to enable them to support their children in developing good, safe online habits and behaviour. The links below contain a wealth of information and guidance in the interests of keeping everyone aware and safe when online.
AGS E-SAFETY GUIDE FOR PARENTS: Written specifically for AGS parents, this easy to read guide offers information on how our students are using the internet and related digital resources in and around school and to offer support to all parents with regards to managing devices and their usage at home.
E-SAFETY FACTSHEET FOR PARENTS: This factsheet gives parents a general overview of online safety, the positive and negative aspects of the Internet, some key statistics, tips and useful links.
ONLINE SAFETY AND SOCIAL MEDIA: The following guides and checklists will be useful when making the decision to allow children a little more freedom in their digital lives.
- FACEBOOK SAFETY CHECKLIST
- INSTAGRAM SAFETY CHECKLIST
- TWITTER SAFETY CHECKLIST
- SNAPCHAT SAFETY CHECKLIST
- AskFM ONLINE SAFETY GUIDANCE
- AskFM TOP TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE
E-SAFETY INFORMATION SHEET – SEXTING: It seems that there is a whole new language developing in the digital landscape. But while many are playful and literal abbreviations, some are more potent. To help raise awareness of some of these sexting abbreviations, we have compiled a short glossary. This is by no means exhaustive, but will help to educate parents about this new form of communication.
E-SAFETY INFORMATION SHEET – GAMING: Gaming is a favourite pastime for many students, but not without its own set of safeguarding considerations. This guide gives parents/carers some important information regarding age appropriate game ratings and online gaming.
RADICALISATION FACTSHEET FOR PARENTS: The internet brings marvellous opportunities to children and young people with the ability to learn new skills and visit websites which engage and enrich their lives. However, the internet also brings dangers such as online predators who will try and contact children through websites and software applications. This guide will help parents and carers learn more about the danger of their children being targeted by online extremists. The guide provides information to help them identify the issue of online radicalisation and gives suggestions on how to support their children with the threat of online extremism.
DIGITAL PARENTING MAGAZINE: This is a fantastic resource for parents concerning all aspects of digital awareness and safety for children of all ages. Produced in conjunction with Vodafone, the magazines are published periodically and can be accessed below. Issue 7 has just been published but all six previous issues are here for your reference:
Some useful websites for further information