Children use the internet all the time for learning which is why it is necessary to make sure that they are safe when on the internet.
Electronic devices are used in everyday life and many of them allow you to access the internet from wherever you are. The most common device children use for the internet is a computer or laptop as most people have either one or the other at their home as well as being in schools. Other devices that you should be aware of are mobile phones, game consoles tablets such as the iPad or Kindle You can't always monitor what your child is doing which can cause worry as the internet isn't always safe.
In school there are guidelines for the safe use of computers and the internet. These are displayed by every computer. Staff are also trained in e-safety. The school also has a filtering which stops anyone from accessing websites that are deemed inappropriate for a school. However as parents and carers below are a few ways in which you can help protect your child when they are using the internet.
Parental controls - parental controls allow you to limit the websites that your child can access when they are on the internet. This will stop them from accessing any inappropriate websites.
Keep the computer where you can see it - By doing this you will be able to see what they are looking at and know if click on anything inappropriate or try to talk to someone they don't know.
Pop-up Blocker - Pop-up blocker is an application installed for browsers to stop pop-ups from appearing while you are searching the internet. This is good as some pop-ups can lead to websites you don't want your children visiting.
All staff have, or will very shortly have, undertaken e-safety training with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). The staff understand the risks involved for young people on the internet, be it Social Networking, Smartphone's or Video Chat sites. The internet is an ever changing and evolving environment and we (parents, carers, teachers and support staff) must understand this and be able to give the children the best advice on how to use it safely, and where to go if they feel venerable or victimised. The CEOP button can be found on many websites and will direct you to their page where you will be able to find help.
For more information please click CEOP.
Below are some links to websites with more information:
DfE Advice leaflet for Parents (1)
DfE Advice Leaflet for Parents (2)
Think U Know - information for 5-16 years olds, as well as parents, carers and teachers.
Kid Smart - different categories that you can look at such as safe searching and social networking.
CBBC Stay Safe - videos about different things involving staying safe on the internet.
Parentzone - find, curate and check the information on the issues that are caused or amplified by the internet.
Net-Aware - information for parents about websites and apps.
If you have any concerns in regards to Online Safety please contact the school