As part of our school curriculum we teach children how to stay safe online. This teaching comes in many forms, from PSHE days focussed on e-safety, to assemblies, class discussions and e-safety teaching at the beginning of all ICT lessons.
For more information on E-safety and Safeguarding and how to keep your children safe online when they are at home please follow the link to the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website. CEOP provides lots of information to support parents and carers to keep children safe online. You are also able to report concerns directly to CEOP. Please see the links for these below.
The Think U Know website has helpful tips to support parents and carers with new technology and mobile phone safety. There is a link to this below.
If you would like to discuss any worries please contact the school family team who can provide further guidance and information.
We send out ‘What Parents Need to Know’ bulletins to all parents and carers regularly with helpful tips and guidance from National Online Safety to keep you up to date.
We also run online parent/carer sessions throughout the school year to support with online safety and safeguarding.
Information for Children
Nowadays the internet is an important part of every child’s life. And during the lockdowns last year we were all online more than ever. If you are worried about anything at all ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TELL A TRUSTED ADULT.
You can report any worries on most social media by clicking ‘report abuse’.
You can also report concerns through the CEOP website by clicking here
The NSPCC and Childline websites have support and advice about a whole range of topics to do with online and mobile safety, like:
- How to stay safe online
- Privacy settings and how to set them up
- How to feel good on social media
- What to do if you’re worried
- Advice about gaming, social media and other internet issues
Information for Parents and Carers
The internet can be a place for children and young people to learn, spend time with friends, and have fun. It’s an everyday part of childhood. But the internet wasn’t invented with children in mind. As a parent or carer, it’s natural to wonder how to keep your child safe.
- Prioritise safety. Teach children not to give out personal information. This includes their name, address, and telephone number. Other details about their life can give away more information than they might think. Children should avoid posting which school they go to or uploading pictures of them in their uniform.
- Set parental controls. Work together with your child to agree a list of websites they can visit. Remember to check the minimum age limit on services like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube. Most social media channels have an age limit of 13. You can find guidance for the most popular websites and apps.
- Discuss their activity. Take an interest in their online world. Talk to them about their favourite websites, videos, and their online friends. This will keep communication open between you and your child.
- Set boundaries. Establish time limits for activities such as using the internet and gaming. Make sure to set aside time for ‘unplugged’ family activities.
- Be open. Let them know that they can tell you about anything that happens on the internet. Try to listen without judgement or anger. With older children, explain your worries so they can see the reasoning behind any rules you set.