Online Safety is taught to all of our pupils within our computing curriculum, Switched On Computing, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Alongside this, children from KS2 take part in an online safety theatre production once a year.
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Keep your computer in a visible place
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Set Parental Controls
Most electronic devices have the option to connect to the internet. In addition to content filtering offered by your ISP, many devices have their own parental controls, for example to limit spending, restrict access to apps based on age rating, set time limits or block selected websites .
Online safety sites
There are several websites available to reinforce safe online use to your child. Why not explore them together?
If your child is aged 5-7, they can watch Lee and Kim’s adventures or Hector and his friends by clicking on the following link http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
The BBC’s Stay Safe website allows children to stay safe on the internet through videos, games and interactive resources. Try it out at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe.
Set ground rules with your child so they feel involved in their use of the internet. Ensure your child is confident enough to tell you if they accidentally go to an unsuitable website, download unknown files or are contacted by an unknown person.
Ensure you stress to your child that threatening or abusive language is not acceptable online or in the real world.
Monitoring your child’s online use
Every time your child visits a website they leave a record of it in the ‘History’ folder. View the ‘History’ after your child has been online to ensure they are using the internet in accordance with your jointly agreed acceptable use rules.
Facebook has a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using it. Social media sites often use dates of birth to be able to aim appropriate advertising at a person so don’t risk your child seeing inappropriate materials. Children are also able to communicate with anyone as there is no protection against this.
For further information on KIK, What’s App, Facebook and other social media sites/apps please click the link below
For further support and advice check out Vodafone’s Digital Parenting website and magazine – http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html
Below is a list of the resources used to teach online safety in school.
FS/KS1 – Hector’s World
(List provided by Pauline Jackson from Redcar & Cleveland LA)