Developing children's awareness of how to stay safe in online and offline environments is a priority for us as a school. Whilst we take every opportunity to talk about online safety in school, we rely on parents help and support to continue to promote positive online behaviour at home.
By doing this, we will allow children to benefit from the many opportunities that the Internet has to offer whilst also being aware of how to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong.
If you are concerned that your child may have been affected by online bullying, is upset by unsuitable content that they have seen or has been contacted by an adult online, please seek advice from Miss Magner, Mr O'Neill, Mrs Stanley or Mrs Walker. If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger, please contact the local police or use the CEOP contact link below.
If you require advice on setting up devices or browsers safely or supporting your children to set up online profiles then please contact contact Mr Porter.
You keep your children safe in the real world. Here are some things you may want to do to help your children 'Stay Safe' in the online world:
- Set ground rules and with younger children agree which websites they can visit. Remember these will vary depending upon the ages of your children.
- Agree time limits and regular breaks. Remember letting children play video games just before bedtime may stop them sleeping and have an impact on their learning.
- Find out how to set the parental controls and safe search. Consider buying parental monitoring/control software for younger children. Remember none of these are 100% effective and supervision is always needed.
- Check the home page of your children's favourite social network, game and so on. This will give you an overview of the website and its suitability.
- Spend 30 minutes watching your children play an online game so that you can see the content and be happy that it is suitable for them.
- Check the age ratings of games at PEGI. Remember video games ratings are all about the content and not the difficulty of the game.
- Say NO to your child playing any game that has a rating of 18 years and above or using websites that you think are unsuitable.
- Talk you children about their privacy settings and ask them to show you how to change these settings. Encourage your children to only have online friends that know in the real world.
- Tell your children what to do if they ever feel frightened or scared when online or using their mobile phone. It is important that your children know they can always talk to you and you will help them (you may not know the answer but by talking to the school, other parents, ThinkUknow FAQs, mobile phone provider and so on you will be able to find a solution.
Research shows that parents and carers who support the online lives of their children from an early age can increase their resilience when faced with problems.
The websites below have useful information for parents and children:
The following websites have information on the latest Apps, Websites and Games:
These websites contain information on setting up devices and home Internet:
Screen and Social Media Use Advice: