In school, we educate the children regularly about online safety to make them aware of the importance of keeping themselves safe in the digital world and within school we have controls in place to block improper content and sites.
As parent/carers you will be are aware of the wonderful learning benefits of engaging children in an online world. However, it seems there is always much news in the media about the risks children may face when communicating online. We believe that by fostering a sensible approach at home and at school, we will be able to equip children with the skills they need to become responsible users of technology.
Here are some basic tips to help you to keep your child safe online at home:
• Follow the age restrictions for social networking sites, games and apps
• Keep your computer in a shared area
• Talk to your child about their online habits
• Make sure your child knows what to do if they do come across inappropriate content or something that makes them feel uncomfortable
• Ensure privacy settings are regularly checked and updated
• Encourage the use of search engines designed specifically for children such as Swiggle.org.uk or Kiddle
• Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children below. Take time to browse through them with your child.
Alternatively, here are links to some of the more common online safety sites.
CEOPs – the place to get advice on and report an inappropriate or potentially illegal content or action that you see online. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Childline - a online resource helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children
Digizen – this resources all sorts of advice on how we, as adults, can encourage children to become responsible digital citizen and discerning when viewing digital content.
Internet Matters - Helping parents keep their children safe online.
Know It All for Parents – is a unique interactive online safety guide put together by Childnet International.
Kidsmart – a fantastic online resource with online safety tips. There is also a fantastic children’s section for your children to explore.
NSPCC guide to online safety – advice on the appropriateness of online content from the NSPCC.
NSPCC guide to social networks - advice for social networking.
Thinkuknow– an excellent website that has all sorts of advice for parents and carers as well as sections for children who want to learn about E-safety for themselves - an excellent resource to look at as a family.
UK Safer Internet Centre – this website contains a wealth of resources and content about how to keep children safe online. They are also the group behind the Safer Internet Day initiative that is celebrated on a yearly basis.
Youtube - a parents guide to using the product safely.