Online Safety information for parents
The online world poses an ever-increasing risk to children and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet.
Our pupils are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. While we feel that the use of technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot ignore the risks that can be associated.
We aim to:
- support children to use technology safely and responsibly;
- recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour;
- identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact;
- identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the Internet or other online technologies.
We work with a range of online safety consultants and organisations to teach our children how stay safe online. Our children learn about e-safety through schemes of work from our partnership with National Online Safety. We have a “Safer Internet Day” where we explore the potential risks online and the children are involved in making decisions about different scenarios presented to them. Our annual Anti-Bullying Week also allows us the opportunity to discuss internet kindness helping the children to be more aware of what they post on line and the effect it can have.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
We understand that much of our pupil’s use of the internet will occur at home, away from the school filters. Below are a list of useful websites, advice and resources that you may find helpful when navigating the issue of online safety with your child.
Many of our children now have their own smart phones or access to a phone or tablet at home. With this comes an increasing need to know what your child is using it for and how to keep them as safe as possible. The online world changes at evolves at a rapid pace which is hard to keep up with. This website below will help you to keep up to date with all the latest APPS and games that children are using. You can see what the legal ages are, what the benefits and concerns are and how you can make sure the settings keep your child safe:
Below are resources that your child can directly access as well to help them learn about online safety.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
These are comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child.
The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in.
Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online
National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
National Online Safety’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using. These can also be found on our website.
Resources for children to use
Below are some links that children themselves can access for help when navigating the tricky subject of online safety.
Reception – Year 2
Below are a number of links that are tailored for children in the younger year groups.
Year 3 – Year 6