Online Safety Adventures
Children from Reception to Year 6 use a picture book to learn the important message of staying safe whilst online.
Within our school we have a team of online safety experts known as the e-Cadets. It is their aim and passion to promote the safe use of the internet. For more information and to view the wide range of missions completed by the team so far, please visit the e-Cadets page on our website.
Promoting and raising awareness about online safety is an essential aspect of our school approach to safety. Each half term every class spends a significant part of their computing time on online safety and it is directly taught to the pupils in school. Our school filtering procedures prevents access to inappropriate websites and personal information is not shared out of school. Our online safety teaching also includes the need to stay safe from online bullying and report all inappropriate comments to a parent or teacher. Updates on new initiatives and concerns will continue to be shared with parents through the school app and on our school website.
Online Safety Guidance
You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world. Children are growing up in a world with a bigger range of online activities than ever before and it is sometimes very hard for both children and adults to know how to stay safe.
Parents/Online Safety Information
Most parents will want to reduce the risks to their children, and remembering to set parental controls can reduce the risks to children, and reduce the risk to parents when children accidentally spend online money! The internet matters website explains this quite well. Online safety is not just about protecting children from some of the dangers of the internet – it is also about helping them manage their use of technology and most of the parental controls allow adults to set a maximum time for the use of a device or app.
Be Internet Legends https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents/
From invasions of privacy to online bullying, children face more threats through the internet than previously possible. In the face of these new dangers, we’ve published a guide on how to protect children while they use the internet. https://www.consumernotice.org/data-protection/internet-safety-for-kids/
Internet Matters is a site paid for by many British companies. It has a lot of good advice on adding parental controls as well as on most aspects of online safety. Parental controls will only help keep children safe. The best safety feature that a child has is their parent or carer. Take the time to talk to your child about the apps and games they are using and don’t be afraid to say no sometimes!
The range of online apps changes on a regular basis and the NSPCC have a site called Net Aware. This provides unbiased up-to-date information on current apps and sites along with advice to parents about dealing with issues.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002. They will also give support in any O2 shop – you do not have to be an O2 customer.
ThinkUKnow is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency. It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues. It also has lots of games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.
For the youngest children being tricked into sharing pictures can be an issue. LGfL have produced a lovely free video which has some great advice and a very catchy song!
Digiduck Stories – Engaging online safety stories for young children aged 3-7. The Digiduck® collection has been created to help parents and teachers educate children aged 3 – 7 about online safety. The collection includes a ebooks, PDFs, a poster and an interactive app. Follow Digiduck® and his pals in these stories of friendship, responsibility and critical thinking online https://www.childnet.com/resources/digiduck-stories
Many children will at times suffer from online bullying. It is really important that they have someone they can talk to and know that it is not acceptable. Most apps and sites will have systems inn place that allow bullying to be reported. Your child’s school may be able to help.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 for advice on anything that is worrying them.
If you require support with Radicalisation please visit https://www.ltai.info
Online Fraud is becoming an increasing problem. For more information or to find support please visit https://www.getsafeonline.org
Finally since 2015 is has been a criminal offence for an adult to send a message with sexual content to a child (This is Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015). If you are concerned that this might have happened please contact The Police without further using the device. This will help ensure that evidence can be preserved. The Police can be contacted by phone or from the ThinkUKnow website.
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