Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe completed a focus on e-Safety which involved pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9.

Saint Paul’s recognises the benefits that come through technology and the way that it can enhance learning so are working to ensure that students get the most from it by encouraging responsible online behavior.

All pupils completed an interactive e-safety survey and undertook a short course of lessons focus on e-safety. The school then invited Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 parents and their children to take part in an e-Safety event at the school. The event looked at raising awareness of Internet safety and examined what can be done to protect the youngsters.

The event focused on the emerging technologies used by children and advice was provided on e-Safety, preventing and dealing with cyber-bullying and the software available which can increase Internet security at home.

The sessions covered:

  • An e-Safety survey followed by information on the benefits and potential risks of the internet.
  • Security and privacy settings on social networking sites.
  • Parental controls when using the internet.

Parents were invited to log onto the school network and were able to have a go at practicing the safety features which were demonstrated. Also, all parents were given resources to take home with practical advice on how to help keep their child safe online.

Update “Blue Whale Challenge”

We have been made aware of an internet ‘game’ called the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge which has led to the deaths of several young people globally. The focus of the ‘game’ is to put young people at a high degree of risk and the final ‘challenge’ is suicide. In the north of the city it has been reported that some young people have begun to get wrapped up in this deadly game. When monitoring your child’s internet usage please could you check that this, or any other, dangerous site is not being accessed. If you are worried about your child’s well-being please contact their Progress Leader, who will be happy to provide information about support.