The digital world is forever evolving and the internet is a fantastic resource for us all to access, however we must teach the children how to keep themselves safe online. We must learn to understand and to use technologies in a safe, positive way and support the children to develop safe online behaviours (in and out of school).
At school, we keep children safe online through a strong web filtering system, staff awareness and vigilance, and an ongoing programme of assemblies and lessons to teach children online safety skills. We aim to equip the children with the knowledge and tools to understand the online world, recognise and report risks and ultimately stay safe.
The following guides are taken from National Online Safety website to help support parents and children. These have been published to help develop understanding of different games and platforms, providing in-game explanations, advice and age restrictions.
Want to keep up to date with current information? Need support in another aspect of online safety? You could follow The National Online Safety on Twitter (@natonlinesafety) or Facebook (/NationalOnlineSafety).
Leon's session on Wednesday provided some enlightening information on how all our personal information can be easily accessed and passed on to others. He also spoke about how specific apps, many of which children in our school have access to, can be used as platforms to target young people. Stringent monitoring by parents, looking closely at the terms and conditions and controlling privacy settings can ensure that children can use age appropriate apps safely.
If you missed this session, fear not, Leon will be returning next half term to deliver another session for parents (date to be confirmed). In the meantime, there are plenty of resources and advice that can be accessed on this page.
Top tips for parents
Click Clever, Click Safe!
The 'Click Clever, Click Safe' campaign is a simple government intervention to help educate children on internet safety.
It consists of three parts which have a specific logo; Zip it, Block it and Flag it.
In our Computing learning, many of the classes have looked at the following videos, which give messages about keeping ourselves safe. Why not watch and share them at home to keep the messages fresh in our minds.
If you have Wi-Fi at home and you let your child have hand held devices- particularly in their bedrooms- you may have to monitor their usage much closer. Your child works hard at school and we need them to arrive well rested and nourished. Please monitor them very closely to support fun usage with regular breaks!
Help protect your child online by clicking on the links below where you will find some useful advice and tips.
These videos are just a selection of internet safety clips that deliver powerful messages in a child-friendly format. You could watch some of these clips together as a family and use them to initiate a discussion on internet safety.
All you need to know about the global initiative that encourages safe internet use.
Here is some advice on what to do if your child is caught up in online shaming.
What exactly is your child signing up for when they tick that little box to use an online service? By Parent Zone.
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Nicky Cox, editor in chief of First News, offers advice for parents.
Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them from women's health educator Rachel Rosen.
Advice on the security risks of smart toys that talk to the internet.
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Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you need to know?
Some tips on responsible – and safe – use of Instagram.
Kids can't get enough of the video sharing site, many of the older children in school express interest and idolise Vloggers but how appropriate is the video content? Read CEOP's comprehensive guide to everything parents need to know about it. Click the link on the external webpage to view the full guide.