Online Safety in School:
Safeguarding children when online presents many challenges. In school, our internet server is filtered and monitored and the tablets we use are set up with restricted access appropriate to primary school age children. This helps us to enable children to use the internet safely, however online safety education is also essential in protecting our children’s futures in a digital world. Making sure that children do not access ‘inappropriate’ content is essential but only part of the bigger picture; online safety includes educating children about and protecting them from online abuse, online grooming, privacy violations, cyber bullying, sexting and also associated mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and lack of sleep.
|Parents/carers who have an online safety concern, related to the school or other pupils in the school, should contact the office and ask for the Online Safety Officer, Mr Southcott who will complete an Online Safety Incident Log and take further action, as necessary.|
|Pupils who have an online safety concern or want to report an incident, should talk to or write a note to their class teacher who will complete an Online Safety Incident Log with them and notify the Online Safety Officer to take further action, as necessary.|
|If you would like to report an online safety concern anonymously, you can contact the Children and Families Helpdesk on 01452 426565|
Online Safety at Home:
More children than ever before have access to mobile devices, whether their own, through family or through friends, but how can we protect our children when they are online?
Setting Parental Controls
Along with talking to your child regularly, using parental controls is one of the best ways to help keep children safe online. The NSPCC and O2 have produced an easy to follow guide to help you secure your online connections at home: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/
How do you start a conversation with your child about online safety?
Online Safety Course for Parents – introductory video by National Online Safety.
Childnet is a great place to start for guidance. It is full of helpful information and advice:
Childnet also produce a printable information leaflet, available in 12 different languages:
UK Safer Internet Centre offers you support to best support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively:
NSPCC have produced a host of resources and information about online safety. You can also contact the NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 8005002 to get advice on anything from the latest social networks to parental controls.
How can you check what apps your kids are using? How can you tell if apps are safe or appropriate?
The NSPCC offer a quick search tool called Net Aware to search for the apps kids are using. Click on the logo to visit the site.
UK Council or Child Internet Safety have produced a useful parent guide to social media: Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media
National Online Safety Platform Guides are a fantastic range of really useful quick guides to every major game/social media platform, detailing pros and cons of them. You can download the resources as posters on each game/app/platform and also follow them on Twitter or Facebook for the breaking news about new apps and games: #WakeUpWednesday
Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)… YouTube Kids. National Online Safety have produced this poster guide:
Websites for Kids about Online Safety
Here are some child friendly web links to pages with lots of information and games linked to Online Safety: