Staying Safe Online
Please do speak to us if you have any concerns about anything your child is doing or experiencing on the internet.
Safe and responsible use of the internet is something which is growing and growing in importance – we hear so many shocking stories in the media – so please do take an active approach at home to promote your child’s online safety.
E-safety is a key part of our curriculum for both Computing and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). Look at the age-related expectations for e-safety and digital literacy in our Curriculum Statement (they’re part of the Computing section).
As teachers and parents, we’re aware of the ways in which the use of social media, online gaming and the internet have become part of young people’s lives. We embrace the educational and social benefits of these new technologies and encourage responsible internet use. We’re also increasingly aware of the potential dangers and opportunities for misuse these technologies offer. Key to promoting online safety is open and honest discussions about the sites we’re using and the ways we’re using them – keep the dialogue open with your children about their internet use.
Here are some short guides for parents/carers who want to know about how to keep their children safe on various devices:
The following list contains lots of ideas and resources to help you to promote online safety – tell us if you know any more good resources.
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has published a short, really helpful guide for
. The guide includes practical tips about the use of safety and privacy features on apps and platforms, as well as conversation prompts to help families begin talking about online safety. It also contains pointers to further advice and support. whose children are using social media
There are two helpful guides from NSPCC and O2, also: Your child’s online world
and A parents’ guide to being share aware
. The first offers some simple guidance about the risks your child may face online and some advice to help keep them safe. The second will help to raise awareness of what sharing online is all about and about the risks that sharing online.
from Common Sense Media
gives students five basic rules for engaging with social media, including switching on privacy settings and turning off location tracking features that harvest data (parents might be interested to watch this Guardian video
which explores this in more detail).
has also created videos explaining how the most popular apps and sites work, so if you have ever found yourself wondering what Snapchat
are, these are a good place to start your education.
You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube. These are videos that, at first, appear to be for children, as they include cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig, or characters from Disney films such as Frozen. However, later on the videos become violent or disturbing. The videos can appear in YouTube search results when children look for genuine children’s videos. This parents’ fact sheet provides useful information about YouTube
Other resources are:
www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers This site provides a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe, with useful pages of advice, key advice, hot topics and tips for discussing online safety.
www.internetmatters.org Lots of useful advice for parents on a range of issues including cyber bullying, online reputations and online grooming. There is also a link to a useful ‘guide for parents’.
www.parentinfo.org Useful articles on a range of current e-safety issues and new apps and websites including Minecraft, Snapchat and ooVoo. New articles are added regularly.
www.ceop.police.uk The official site of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP, containing advice and useful information and a link for reporting online abuse, exploitation or inappropriate images.
http://www.saferinternet.org More links and advice for parents and children including resources linked to Safer Internet Day.
www.nspcc.org.uk NSPCC’s own website with lots of safety advice including video to watch with your children and a link to their work with O2.
www.mumsnet.com Lots of e-safety advice including a section specifically for pre-school and primary.