The internet is a fabulous resource that is available to children when used safely and responsibly. To know how to use the internet safely and responsibly has always been a very high priority at our school. Online Safety itself is now a prescribed part of the new Computing curriculum and we are pleased with this development and aim to work with our families to keep our pupils as safe as possible when using the internet.
What does Online Safety mean?
Online Safety is about teaching children how to stay safe and how to behave responsibly when on the internet. Children must also be aware of the potential risks when using devices such as IPads, Xbox, Play Stations and mobile phones.
Online Safety at home
What is my role as a parent?
As a parent you must be aware of what your child is doing when spending time on gaming devices such as an Ipad, mobile phones, laptops and computers – all devices which access the World Wide Web. Although the internet presents positive learning experiences there can be potential dangers which children need to be able to recognise and know how to deal with. Our children need to know that internet safety rules apply at home as well as at school.
Below are a number of websites and information guides that assist parents to ensure their child’s time on the internet is a positive, educational and enjoyable experience. There are numerous ways in which you can ensure your child’s safety.
We MUST get involved with our child’s lives online.
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is when your child is being bullied on line or through the use of electronic technology. This could be when a text, message or image is posted in order to intentionally hurt or embarrass another person.
This could be in the form of:
- Social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram
- Text messages and instant messaging
- Chat rooms and blogs
- Online gaming
What should I do if I think my child is a victim of cyber bullying?
Talking to the child’s class teacher is a good start and issues may be reported to the E-Safety co-ordinator (Mr Geldard) in school. Phone settings and email accounts can be changed and users may be blocked from the account. Always print the messages or images as evidence but NEVER reply to them.
Top tips when allowing children to play online games:
Check the Age Rating of the Game - Just like with films, you should check the games age rating before
allowing your child to play.
The organisation ‘PEGI’ set age ratings for games and classify their content according to what is appropriate
for different age groups.
Limit the amount of time your child is spending on games. Some games are online worlds which never end
and it can take hours to complete missions.
It is important to limit the amount of time your child spends online. Be aware of how long they spend gaming
and set rules, just like you would when watching TV.
Ensure they take regular screen breaks, 5 or 10 minutes for every 45-60 minutes.
Things can go wrong when gaming and many games now have an online chat facility.
It is important that your child knows what to do when something does happen, or when someone says
something they don’t like. Make yourself and your child aware of how to block or report people.
Set parental controls - come into school and ask for help and advice if you are not sure.
Acceptable Use Policy EYFS & KS1
Acceptable Use Policy KS2
Please click on the following links to visit websites where information can be found about what you can do to keep your child safe online:
NSPCC Net Aware - 'Your Guide to the social networks your kids use'
Google - advice on how to protect your family online
Lots of up-to-date and easy to read information can be found in the Digital Parent Guide Magazine
The Safer Internet Centre helps parents to set parental controls on smartphones and tablets
Child Safety Online (Knowthenet)
Report online terrorist & extremist material: https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
NEW HM Govt Package April 2016 - www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk
Lancashire P4S Website - www.preventforschools.org
DfE Website for Prevent -www.educateagainsthate.com
Blackburn resources: http://ipreventblackburn.org.uk/