The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As we develop our children into successful global citizens we will help them to use the internet responsibly and with respect in line with our school values. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, school and parents need to be aware of various online risks.
The teaching of online safety begins in Foundation Stage and continues throughout school, both as part of the computing curriculum and within our PSHE curriculum. Pupils are taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. They are taught to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and know a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
If the children have a problem when using the internet at school or at home they are able to scan the QR code below to report this to a member of school staff who will support them with this and share additional information to the school community to keep our pupils safe. The form can also be accessed by clicking on this link: https://forms.gle/RbkXLZc7gZXucXvw7
You may feel that children are more technically aware than you, so we regularly update parents on the latest advice around online safety through our school dojo account and on this page. Your help is also needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by the way of filters and parental controls.
Here are some top tips for families which can be shared at home around using the internet safely and also setting up devices at home for children to use safely:
- Information for 4 to 7 year olds: This website is a series of three animations which aims to give the children knowledge, skills ad confidence to respond safely to the risks they may encounter online.
- Information for 8 to 10 year olds: This is an interactive game that helps 8 to 10 year olds to stay safe from risks they might encounter online.
- A parent’s guide to setting up privacy settings on devices.
- Using parental controls effectively at home
- A guide to setting up children’s devices: This online checklist will help to set up devices.
- Safety advice and leaflets: This website contains a wide list of leaflets around all aspects of online safety for children of all ages.
There is additional information about specific games and apps the children may use and what families need to know to keep children safe using them at the bottom of this page.
Here are some useful websites for general advice:
- Parent Info: A website of help and advice in the digital world.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection: (CEOP) Should you have a concern about your child online, you can report your concerns here.
- Think u Know: This is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.
- Safety Net Kids: This is a website for children with advice to help children stay safe at school, in the community and online.
- Childline: This is a website for children and young people which contains online advice and a place to report concerns.