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? There is lots of information available about how best to ensure your child is safe online. Please visit the NSPCC website on online safety for more information. The link is https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Would you just give your child a car and expect them to know how to drive it safely? We hope not! However, in the current day, many of us provide our children with mobile devices and expect them to know how to use them in a safe and responsible way. Not teaching our children how to be safe online can place them at risk. However, as well as teaching our children how to be safe, there are also certain measures that parents / carers can put in place to help manage their child’s online activity safely, sensibly and responsibly.
Parental controls are a great way of ensuring your child only has access to age appropriate material online and restricts their access to prevent them from seeing or downloading anything that you might not consider appropriate. They exist to provide you with some reassurance and some control although they do not replace the need to regularly check your child’s devices and talking to them about their online activity so you can be confident that they are safe in the digital world.
Please find below a link to a recommended online safety booklet which includes an overview of key parental controls for a range of devices including phones and consoles and computer operating systems, as well as apps for streaming TV, social media and downloading films and music. We strongly recommend that you safeguard your child by ensuring that any devices that they use have these controls in place, appropriate to their age range, until they leave school.
Online Safety Newsletters
Each month we publish a new Online Safety Newsletter which will help you to stay up-to-date with online developments, risks and trends in order to safeguard your children and help them safely navigate the online world. We hope that you will find them helpful!
We have also made a selection of resources available to you here…
Social Media / Apps
Social Media is now an inevitable part of our lives. Used well, it can be a fun way to stay in contact with friends. However, there are also considerable risks involved so it is important to remain informed about current social media trends, age recommendations and guidelines and the differing functions these apps and sites have.
This document has been made available to school by the Police Intelligence Unit and provides invaluable information about different apps and their uses and how they can make our young people vulnerable. It is a very useful read to help you understand and monitor your child’s online activity and help keep them safe online. Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive and new apps are being created all the time. It is a great idea to check your child’s phone regularly to ensure you are fully aware of their online activity. We also recommend that you take your child’s phone off them overnight.
As a school, we are committed to promoting the safer use of social media with our pupils and families.
Safer Internet Day 6th February 2018 #SID2018
With Safer Internet Day fast approaching, now is a great time to brush up your knowledge on online safety which is an area of concern to many parents and carers, with 90% of young people today owning and regularly using a smart phone.
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2018 is Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you. The UK Safer Internet Centre is focusing on the relationships that children and young people form online, and exploring ways to ensure that these relationships remain healthy, positive and fulfilling. Find out more by visiting their website: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/safer-internet-day-quiz-2018
Netaware is a fantastic resource. It gives a very simple overview and risk rating of the most popular apps and games that children are using. It can also be a great conversation starter with children about what they like to do online and how they stay safe.
Did you know that as part of the partnership between the NSPCC and O2, you can take a device in to any O2 shop (you don’t have to be a customer) and ask for an appointment with a guru, who can show you how to set up safety settings. There is also a helpline that offers advice and support about online safety Tel: 0808 800 5002.
Why not take the safer internet day quiz with your child to rate your awareness and the influence that the internet has on your day-to-day lives?
The quiz can be found at: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/safer-internet-day-quiz-2018