Internet Safety Information for Parents:
The Internet changes each and everyday, consequently parents and all adults working with children always need to be one step ahead so that they are well-informed about applications, websites, games and social media platforms. Please read the guides (in the Documents' section below) for various games and social media platforms which are the most popular at the moment with children and young people.
Top tips for staying safe online
- Remember that everyone you meet online is a stranger, even though they might seem like a friend.
- Always give out a nickname when you log on and never give out any details that would allow someone you meet online to contact you. This includes your full name, home or school address, email address and phone numbers.
- If you publish a picture of yourself online, remember anyone can change it or share it, or use it to try and contact you.
- Never arrange to meet up alone with anyone you make friends with online, but if you are going to make sure you take an adult you trust and meet in a public place.
- Accepting emails or opening files from people that you don’t really know can get you into trouble – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
- Talk to an adult you know well and ask for help if you are upset or worried about anything you have been sent online.
- Parent information about Apps and Social Media (see files below for information on this)
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-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.
The number of recent reports and concerns around children being exposed to inappropriate material online on all sorts of different platforms including You Tube, Netflix, Roblox and Tik Tok is increasing.
National Online Safety offers free online safety guidance for parents on the latest apps, games, platforms and devices. It can be accessed on line at https://nationalonlinesafety.com and followed on Facebook and Instagram.
We would encourage parents to visit the site and use the guidance to understand what their children are accessing and to apply parental settings to all apps and games as well as regularly checking devices including images, installed apps and conversations.
Click on these links for further information:
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - This is a fantastic website which you can type the name of app, game or site into and it will give you information about it. It will tell you the age rating as well as how safe it is based on safety features, privacy, reporting and blocking and content.
Computer Game PEGI Ratings - https://pegi.info/page/what-do-labels-mean
Internet Safety in the Curriculum
Children from Reception to Year 6 have lessons on the topic of E-Safety. In Spring 1, children in EYFS, Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 have a six-week unit all about how to stay safe online and when using digital devices.
The principles of keeping safe online will be revised throughout the year in Computing and PSHE lessons so that children's knowledge remains at a good level.
Here are a few resources which we use in class when teaching E-Safety:
Ourlocal PCSO, Julia Short, regularly comes into school to deliver Internet Safety assemblies to Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children discuss what personal information is, how to create secure passwords and what to do if they are worried by something they see online. Julia provides up-to-date advice about apps which are popular and how children can keep themselves safe whilst using these.