Keeping Our Children Safe On The Internet
The internet is an amazing resource which enables us all to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of ways using a range of different devices and is now part of our everyday life. However, due the internets ever changing manner it can be a challenge to keep up to date with. Using devices and selected apps can be great for learning and development for your children but we must all ensure we are aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn't online. Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself.
You can access our E-Safety policy HERE
Support for parents and carers to keep their child safe online. Click HERE
Below are some other useful links to help you support your child at a time when they will be spending more time online.
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC. Guidance for gaming.
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
- Get Safe Online -free online safety advice
- Action Fraud-Nation Freud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre
Keeping an open conversation about staying safe online is paramount in aiding your child to be a good online citizen.You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Below are some conversation starter ideas from.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
You can download a simple checklist HERE that may help you protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.
The National Online Safety has some very useful parental guides to games, websites and APPs that our children access.
If there are any APPs, games or websites that you would like further guidance in understanding please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Montgomery.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of Computing skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
Click on the link HERE for advice and support if you are worried about screen addiction.
Social Media Guides
It is important to remember that the legal age for a social media account, such as Facebook, Snapchat or YouTube is 13. However, we are aware that parents may allow their children to have their own social media accounts, below is a link to a useful website that has parenting guides about up to date apps and social media sites.
If you have any thoughts or concerns over a child's use of the internet, please contact a member of staff who would be willing to offer advice.