Protecting Children Online

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, Ms Geller 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

Covid-19 – Keeping Children Safe Online

Online Safety & Home Learning:

In these unprecedented times as children are having to be taught from home, children will be accessing many different mobile devices and computers on a daily basis. Now more than ever we want to work with you as parents and carers to help protect your children when they are online.

Please take time to read through the following guidance and answers to questions you may have:

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/

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. National Online Safety have produced this Top Ten Tips: 

Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

Thinkyouknow 

Advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online with useful sections for parents/carers as well as sections specifically for children (divided into age groups)

National Online Safety Guides are a fantastic range of really useful quick guides to every major game/social media platform, detailing pros and cons of them. They have also currently got useful tips for parents and children learning from home. 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

Internet Matters

Expert support for parents and carers and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly. Useful guide to setting up parental controls as well.  

Parent Info 

Provides support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families navigate the internet safely and confidently. 

LGfL

Safeguarding and online safety advice for parents and carers form London Grid for Learning

How can you check what apps your kids are using?  

Net Aware       

This is a really handy quick search tool created by the NSPCC and O2 enabling you to search for the apps kids are using, providing you with information about the apps, the age appropriateness and the level of app safety.  

How can I decide what social networking sites are best for my children to use?

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

Further Guidance

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

ParentZone offers parents information to help understand the digital world and how to raise resilient children

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. 

 

Websites for Kids about Online Safety