Online Safety Guidance
Support for parents
It can be hard for parents to know how to talk to their child about online safety and to know what steps they should take to keep children safe.
The NSPCC has a very useful, easily accessible site for parents which explains everything from how to set up parental controls to advice on online games and video apps.
NSPCC Online Safety can be found at here .
How do we keep children safe at school?
• The school Internet access has been designed expressly for pupil use, including appropriate content filtering.
• Children are given clear objectives for Internet use and taught what use is acceptable and what is not.
• Every year week have an e-safety week, often linked to anti-bullying week in the autumn term.
• Children are educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
• Our curriculum includes teaching about internet safety.
• All members of the school community must read and sign the ‘Acceptable ICT Use Agreement’ before using any school ICT resource.
What can parents/carers do to keep children safe at home?
Keeping an open dialogue with your child(ren) is important for keeping you informed about what they are doing online and to help you keep them safe. Knowing the right questions to ask is a good starting point. You might like to start with some of these:
• What do you like to do most online?
• Do you know who can see what you write or post?
• Do you tell your online friends your secrets or things you wouldn’t tell them in the playground?
• What is the age rating of the game you are playing? Can I play/watch the game with you?
• The minimum age to be able to open an account on Facebook and many other social networks is 13 years. If they have an account, ask what age they pretended to be and why?
• Do you know your online friends in the real world? Are you always nice to your online friends?
• If someone online says or does something to frighten or upset you would you know what to do?
• Would you let a stranger in the street ask you personal questions? Would you let a stranger online ask you personal questions?
• Can you show me how to change Facebook privacy settings? Are your settings correct and have you disabled ‘Facebook Places’?
• Has anyone ever said something nasty to you online?
• Were you frightened or scared?
• Would you know what to do?
• Do you know or can you show me how to report nasty comments, images and videos on (MoshiMonsters/ Star Doll/ Facebook and so on). Are you aware that you can usually do this anonymously?
• Once online – always online. Ask your child/ren if they are happy for those comments, images, videos to be online forever? This online content could have a long term negative impact such as not getting a job interview or generally being unhappy about what was said and done several months/ years ago.
If you have any concerns about what your child is doing online and would like to get some advice, we are very happy to talk it through with you.
Please click here for more information and support for parents.
Google – Be Internet Legends
Children in Key Stage 2 took part in an interactive assembly to learn about the risks of internet usage. The program, called ‘Be Internet Legends’, is aimed to encourage children to be safe and confident explorers of the online world.
During the assembly the children were taught the importance of the following:
BE INTERNET ALERT
Check It's For Real
People and situations online aren’t always what they seem. Internet Legends know how to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not.
BE INTERNET SECURE
Protect Your Stuff
Personal privacy and security are as important online as they are in the real world. Keeping valuable information safe helps children avoid damaging their devices, reputations and relationships
BE INTERNET KIND
Respect Each Other
The internet amplifies everything: good things seem more exciting, bad things seem much worse and can hurt – a lot. A great rule to live by online, as well as off, is ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’. Children can have a positive impact on others and stop bullying in its tracks by refusing to join in.
BE INTERNET BRAVE
When in Doubt, Discuss
When children come across something they're not sure about online, they should feel comfortable talking to a trusted adult. Adults can support this by showing they're open to talking, even about difficult or embarrassing things at home and in the classroom.