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Online Safety – Information and advice for Parents * Please read*

 

Thank you to some of our parents who have alerted us to the #Momo challenge which is appearing within children’s YouTube video links.  We have been advised that the links can be easily made by children using phones and ipads, and that it isn’t being blocked by all security settings.  The National Online Safety training organisation provide many guides to different social media, which are excellent - especially the age ratings and security settings.  Their website is intended for adult (not children’s) use and may I urge you to look at the wide range of resources they make freely available:  https://nationalonlinesafety.com/about-us/

 

Online Safety: Please have a look at the NSPCC information by following the following link: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/.

 

A parents' guide to being Share Aware - Helping you to keep your child safe online

What is On-line Safety?

 

Online-safety is the safe use of information systems and electronic communications, including the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that children and young people understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.

  • On-line safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
  • On-line safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
  • On-line safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
  • On-line safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviors both in and out of school.

 

Report to CEOP a serious on-line safety incident:

https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/

 

Using the Internet safely at home

Whilst many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer filtering systems to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable texts, pictures and movies. Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet browsers with this in mind. Locating the computer or tablet in a family area, not a bedroom, will enable you to supervise children as they use the Internet. However, don’t deny your child the opportunity to learn from the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead, set some simple rules for keeping them safe and make sure they understand the importance of these rules.

 

Simple rules for keeping your child safe

  • To keep your child safe they should:
  • Ask permission before using the Internet
  • Only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine.
  • Only email people they know (why not consider setting up an address book?)
  • Ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • Do not use Internet chat rooms
  • Do not use their real name when using games on the Internet (create a nick name)
  • Never give out a home address, phone or mobile number
  • Never tell someone where they go to school
  • Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet
  • Only use a webcam with people they know
  • Ask them to tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.

 

 

Remember, reporting abuse makes the Internet safer for everyone.

 

Vodafone Digital Parenting 

 

Digital Parenting is a free online safety guide, created by The Vodafone Foundation and Parent Zone. It is packed with important safety information and expert advice on issues such as healthy screen time and sleep, with content relating from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4.  Please click on the downloaded links below to view these guides.  If you require further support with this, please ask a member of staff at school.  Other resources are available directly from the website:  https://parentzone.org.uk/digitalparenting  

 

What's inside Digital Parenting?

  • Managing children's sleep and setting digital boundaries
  • How children can enjoy a safer start on social media
  • Better family communication around tech
  • Expert advice on gaming addiction, self-harm and virtual reality
  • Creating a better family digital-life balance... and lots more

Parenting in a Digital World - a useful document to help our parents to keep their children safe in our 'Digital World'.

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