Staying Safe Online
The Internet has become an integral part of children's lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners are safe.
Internet development is constantly evolving into evermore innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interactiion between peers.
Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Schools should be aware of the potential dangers taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
This area of our school website is dedicated to helping users better understand the issues around online safety and manage the risks more effectively.
Teaching Safe Use of the Internet and ICT
We believe that it is crucial to teach pupils how to use the Internet safely, both at home and at school, and we use the Kidsmart safety code to support our teaching in this area:
Kidsmart has been developed by the Childnet charity and is endorsed by the DfES http://www.kidsmart.org.uk
We teach these valuable safety codes through the PSHE and Computing curriculum and displays.
The main aspects of this approach include the following five SMART tips:
- Safe – Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online.
- Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’/carers’ permission and then when they are present.
- Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don’t really know or trust can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
- Reliable – Someone online may be lying and not be who they say they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.
- Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried
Here is a list of places you gan go for advice on keeping your child safe online.
- NSPCC Shareaware – Straightforward, no-nonsense advice will untangle the web, and show you how you can be just as great a parent online, as you are the rest of the time. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.
- ThinkuKnow – Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting and online gaming.
- CEOP – Works across the UK and maximises international links to tackle child sex abuse; includes information and advice for parents, news, and a facility to report abuse.
- Childnet – Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people.
- Kidsmart – Learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
- BBC – CBBC Stay Safe – Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
- Disney Online – Keep safe with Doug…find out lots of useful information.
Did You Know?
The current age restrictions are as follows:
- Facebook – 13 years of age.
- Instagram – 13 years of age.
- Whatsapp – 16 years of age.
- Youtube – 18 years of age (13 – 17 with parental consent)
- Twitter states that its services are not directed to persons under the age of 13.
If your child does use Social Media, it is very important that you are aware of the age restrictions set up by the organisations. However, if your child does use social media – and uses it on mobile devices under your supervision, these valuable resources below may help to support you in keeping your child safe online.
- Follow The Golden Rules
- KS1 E-Safety Poster
- Year 3 & 4 E-Safety Poster
- Year 5 & 6 E-Safety Poster
- ShareAware Keeping Children Safe NSPCC
- Selfiecop Explainer
- Selfiecop 101 & FAQ’s
- Parental Guidance – Social Media
- Family Information Services - glosfamilies directory link to e safety guide