Teaching our children how to stay safe on the internet is an ongoing task. The internet is completely embedded into daily life and, alongside the extensive array of Social Networking, the need to know how to stay safe on the internet is of exceptionally high priority. Please see the links below for useful websites for parents and carers.
** This year’s Safer Internet Day was Tuesday February 9th 2016. Thank you to the HUGE number of parents who attended one of the child-led parent online safety talks on Wednesday 24th February**
At school we have a filtering system which is designed to prevent inappropriate material from being displayed on computers using our network. It is important to note that it is not possible to ensure that any inappropriate material will ever be seen at school as the extremely complex nature of the web, makes it impossible to block everything. We talk regularly to the children about what they should do if they come across something that makes them feel uncomfortable and we recommend that parents have this conversation frequently at home as well. Throughout the curriculum, the children use the internet to support their learning and every opportunity is taken to continually educate them about how to stay safe at an age appropriate level.
You will find below a number of useful links for Parents as well as a number of Online Safety related web links.
We particularly recommend the NSPCC’s ‘Share Aware’ as an ideal way to stay informed as a parent and help your child stay safe on Social Networks, apps and games. The NSPCC have also teamed up with O2 to provide parents with information and support to help keep children safe online. Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the O2 & NSPCC are there to help. They can be called on 0808 8005002 or you can find further information on their webpage.
another useful parent guide to social networking can also be found here. This details the age restrictions of the most commonly used Social Media apps:
Our parents guide to keeping children safe on the internet is distributed to all parents each year and was last sent home in September 2015. We cannot stress enough the need for parents to recognise the importance of their role alongside us in helping the children stay safe on the internet. The children’s guide for staying safe on the internet has been discussed with all children in the school and is displayed throughout the building, in all classrooms and near all computer equipment including on laptop and iPad cabinets.