Online safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online. You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from Childnet:
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- 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.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- 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
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide supervised access to the internet. 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.
In Assemblies and class we regularly discuss how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We also get every child to sign to say they have read and understood our Online Safety Rules so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe.
The school does not allow pupils’ mobile phones in the classroom. If your child needs to bring a phone to school because they are walking by themselves, please ensure that they know that they are to be dropped off at the school office after they have texted you to confirm they have arrived. If they are not walking to school independently please keep phones at home. When children pick up their phone at the end of the school day they are not to be turned on and used to take photographs in the school playground.
For more information Please see Our E-Safety Policy.
To try and help parents with the fast-moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe. We also highlight the latest online safety advice and parental workshops through our weekly parent newsletter.
A great online safety tool designed for parents launched by CEOP and Parent Zone. It has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp- a guide for parents.
Childnet A great website resource for parents and children on online safety
Think U KnowHas a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family.
Internet MattersIs another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.
National Online SafetyOnline safety guides for parents and carers.
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