Being safe online (e-safety) is increasingly important as both adults and children alike live their lives through the internet. We ensure that children are reminded of the THINK rules (see below) before starting a lesson using the internet. However, most of the internet access that children have is outside of school and therefore we want to ensure all our families are aware of the importance of keeping safe online.
When children use the internet in school, we ask them to do so safely. The document below will be shared regularly with the children.
Should you become aware of an incident, threat or concern when using the Internet with your child, we would ask that you inform the school so that we can share the information with the rest of our community.
Below are some links and websites that may be useful to you:
The website covers:
-The things parents/carers should be concerned about when their children use the internet
-Some conversation starters so they can talk to their children about concerns
-A technology guide for parents
-Information on how to put parental controls on their home wifi
and much more.
The NSPCC website is parent-friendly and informative too:
Its slogan is 'TEAM' (talk, explore, agree, manage)
It gives advice to parents/carers about how to:
-Talk: communicate with their children about their online usage
-Explore: the internet with them
-Agree: on rules
-Manage: the user settings
It also has a list of online games and apps that children may be using and what is and isn't safe/ appropriate for children. The website includes a helpline (0808 800 5002) for parents who want to talk about concerns or learn how to set up parental controls and/or privacy settings.
Fortnite is a popular online game that lots of our children play where they amass online 'friends' who they can communicate with. Therefore we talk to the children regularly about the importance of not sharing any of their personal information online; this includes their name, age, date of birth, address and where they go to school. Further information around keeping your children safe when they are playing Fortnite can be found here.
Below are many other informative websites that share ideas on how to keep safe when using the internet, and ways of sharing the importance of e-safety and being safe online with your children.