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/.
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.
Report to CEOP a serious on-line safety incident:
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.
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