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Online Safety information for parents

Our pupils are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology. While we feel that the use of technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot ignore the risks that can be associated.

Throughout school we aim to teach children:

  • about the impact of cyber-bullying and what to do if they have been affected.
  • to be vigilant when communicating online recognising that people may not always be who they say they are and to be sensible about what they share.
  • to tell an adult they trust if something is upsetting them.
  • to question the reliability of information given through a web based source.
  • to search responsibly for information while using internet browsers.

We understand that much of our pupil's use of the internet will occur at home, away from the school filters.

Below are a list of useful websites, advice and resources that you may find helpful when navigating the issue of online safety with your child. At the bottom of this page are resources that your child can directly access as well to help them learn about online safety.

Useful resources and links

Thinkuknow http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them. 

Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child. Some of their guidance we attach below but you can find even more by visiting the link. 

National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.

NSPCC http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.

Childnet http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.

CEOP http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online.

BBC  https://www.bbc.com/ownit
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.

SafetoNet https://safetonet.com/
SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.


A guide to Apps & Social Media

The number of apps and social media channels your child could be exposed to grow all the time, as does an app's functionality. We recommend you visit Net Aware to read the latest and most current advice on over 70 apps to ensure you know what they do, how you can limit their features as well as recommended age restrictions.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

The apps included are:

  • Fortnite
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube
  • Minecraft
  • Clash of Clans & Clash Royale
  • Kik
  • Friv
  • Dubsmash
  • Wink
  • YOLO
  • TikTok
  • And many, many more

Resources for children to use

Below are some links that children themselves can access for help when navigating the tricky subject of online safety,

Reception – Year 2

Below are a number of links that are tailored for children in the younger year groups.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/ 
https://www.netsmartzkids.org/
https://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin

Year 3 – Year 6

Below are links more suitable for older children.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
https://www.nsteens.org/

  1. Internet Matters: A parent's guide to digital and moving to secondary schoolpdf File
  2. Internet Matters: A parent's guide to discovering digital at Primary Schoolpdf File
  3. Internet Matters: How to start a conversation about digital safety with your childpdf File
  4. Internet Matters: 0-5 years Parent Online Safety Tipspdf File
  5. Internet Matters: 6-10 years Parent Online Safety Tipspdf File
  6. Internet Matters: 11-13 years Parent Online Safety Tipspdf File
  7. Internet Matters: Online gaming tipspdf File
  8. Internet Matters: Screen Time Guidepdf File
  9. Internet Matters: Social Media Top Tipspdf File
  10. Parents guide to Hoop apppdf File
  11. Parents guide to Rocket Leaguepdf File
  12. Parents Guide to Snapchatpdf File
  13. Parents Guide to Netflixpdf File
  14. Parents guide to age inappropriate contentpdf File
  15. Parents Guide to Replikapdf File
  16. Parents Guide to Yubopdf File
  17. Parents Guide to Facebookpdf File
  18. Parents guide to spotting ads on social mediapdf File
  19. Parents Guide to Group Chatspdf File
  20. Parents Guide to online safety for under 5spdf File
  21. Parents Guide to Discordpdf File
  22. Parents Guide to Virtual Realitypdf File
  23. Parents Guide to Twitchpdf File
  24. Parents Guide to esportspdf File
  25. Parents Guide to Minecraftpdf File
  26. Parents Guide to Steampdf File
  27. Parents Guide to Robloxpdf File
  28. Parents Guide to Fifa 23pdf File
  29. Parents Guide to Senditpdf File
  30. Parents Guide to Overwatch 2pdf File
  31. Parents Guide to Amigopdf File
  32. Parents Guide to Combatting Online Bullyingpdf File
  33. Parents Guide to Call of Duty Modern Warfare IIpdf File
  34. Parents Guide to TikTokpdf File
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