The internet and technology are now an essential part of everyday life both for us and our children, therefore keeping safe online is essential. This page is here to support and help parents to make sure their children stay safe online.
In school the children use swiggle (http://www.swiggle.org.uk) a safe online search engine aimed at primary school children, this provides more protection for the children than searching on Google alone. The children are also aware of the school's online safety policy and the Computing Code of Conduct that all KS2 children have signed, agreeing that they will behave in a certain manner on the school's technology. The children are also taught explicitly about online safety and how to keep themselves safe on the internet through assemblies, lessons and workshops. The children all understand that these strategies and resources can be used at home as well.
Below are a number of websites and resources to help you at home.
Top Online Safety Tips for Parents:
- Make sure that you know when your child is online.
- Set clear expectations for your children with regards to using the internet, i.e. they should only access parent approved sites.
- Keep the computer in a family area not in the child's bedroom.
- Use 'child lock' or filter settings on your Web browser to help prevent unsuitable site access by your child.
- Regularly supervise the sites your child is visiting - through using the history or asking them to show you what they are doing.
- Encourage your child to use their Favourites list to access the sites you have approved to prevent accidental entry to unsuitable sites
- Teach your child to switch the monitor off or close the laptop lid, then fetch or tell you if something unsuitable appears on the screen. This is what we do in school.
- Make sure you are aware that some websites have age limits to protect children, ensure that your child abides by these.
- Keep all personal details private and be aware of stranger danger.
- Set time limits for your children when using technology as the longer children spend on the internet at one time the more likely they are to be somewhere they shouldn't.
- Above all, encourage your child to talk to you about the web sites and electronic devices they are using at home and school.
Online Age Limits You Need to be Aware of:
Two great websites for keeping on top of age limits and guide lines online and in games are:
NSPCC and O2
A variety of different resources on different aspects of online safety and tips and hints for very popular children's websites. (0808 800 5002)
Run by the National Crime Agency it has a number of different reporting options if you are concerned about your child's safety online. The 'Think You Know' website they run has a number of videos showing you the best ways to keep your child safe online, it also has age appropriate pages for you child to use to learn about staying safe online.
Provides reviews and age related recommendations of the latest apps and games available online for everyone. These are safe forms of media that you could direct your children to.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Run by an organisation that is dedicated to creating a safer internet for everyone. It has a number of useful resources for parents and carers looking to keep their children safe online along with a helpline and advice centre where you can ask specific questions about internet safety.
Supporting parents and carers with advice and resources on bullying, in particular, cyberbullying.
Providing support and advice about how to keep children safe on their phones.
Scomis is a group that helps schools provide a clear and complete education for children with regards to online safety. At this school we use the group to support our own online safety curriculum and with ensure our safety infrastructure and resources are the best they can be. They publish a regular newsletter with lots of online safety advice that will also be useful to parents.