We are pleased that the team from the NSPCC are in school this week – talking to the children about ways to keep safe from bullies, including on-line. They are also hosting a Parent and Carer Workshop after school – please book for this free session through the office. All very welcome.
There will be more coming on this page soon, but for now, we have shared a poster you can download for Safer Internet Day on the 6th February 2018
The internet can be a wonderful resource for education and entertainment for children.
Even so, it is important that we take an active role in protecting our children from the potential dangers that exist on the internet, and teach them how to recognise and avoid dangers for themselves and make safe use of the resource.
At school we take a variety of steps to make sure children stay safe while using the internet.
We use filtering on all computers in school to restrict access to websites that are not suitable or may be dangerous.
Computer access is supervised and we monitor the websites that are accessed.
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe and make the most of the technology.
No matter how computer literate you are (or are not!) there is plenty you can do to help your children stay safe online. Oswald Road Primary School put some great tips together which we have summarised below:
First, and most importantly, talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see. Do try and avoid having children taking internet devices to their bedrooms where they can’t be kept a watch on.
Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Skype and Snapchat is 13. Even if your children have an account on these services or services like these, parents should ensure that the correct privacy settings are enabled, and that appropriate adult supervision is provided while using them.