Safer Internet day Tuesday 11th February
During this week we have looked at Online safety across school, using the vehicle of fairy tales. Online Safety is something we share with children on a regular basis but this specific day enables us to have a particular focus. We discussed the many positives of the internet as well as the need to stay safe,
An element of online safety that always comes up is that parents often feel overwhelmed by all the ways children can access the internet and how we as adults can keep them safe. At school we use filtering systems but we always remind children that just as in the real world if something happens in the virtual world they should tell an adult. This aspect links well to our ‘Protective Behaviours’ curriculum. A key thing for parents is to keep lines of communication open with children and talk about what they are doing.
For parents who want to control the settings on some of the gadgets their children use go to
https://www.internetmatters.org/ Go to this page and click on setting controls in top bar, then choose the device. Follow instructions to control settings for your child. The checklist below is from this site.
It's quite possible your children know more about the internet than you do as parents. As adults responsible for children it is our responsibility to ensure we keep up with what they are doing and find out as much as we can to keep that one step ahead!
Adults and children alike can face problems with the internet for example , identify theft, fraud, spam and scam emails. As well as this there are more immediate threats such as inappropriate websites, cyber bullying and exposure to inappropriate images.
However the internet, is an indispensable tool to widen your learning and improve valuable life skills.
This page will provide key information on how to stay safe whilst you are online and will provide links to websites that will help you do this.
Keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SET PRIVACY SETTINGS TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION
Block people who send nasty messages and don't open unknown links and attachments from people you don't know
Flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline
Talk to someone
Call: Childline 0800 11 11 or did you know you can use a Childline app https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/for-me/
A great website to go on about Safety Internet is:
Do you know what the games your child is playing are all about?
Have a look here and find out more.
Staying safe online is very important. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps. Four steps:
1)Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2)Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3)Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4)Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers
What are the key online risks?
Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children
Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
Where can I find out more?
When you need to report something from the internet look out for this CEOP symbol. More information about CEOP can be found below.