Woodpecker, Peregrine and Heron Classes are currently putting together videos to help the children remember tips to stay safe online. In the meantime, please look at the information and links below. Remember that if you ever have any concerns about computing or online safety please do contact us at school and we would be happy to help.
Safety – helping to keep your child safe
The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
* You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
* Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
* If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
* Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
* Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
* An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
* Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
* Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
* Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
The following websites and links have lots of useful information – please do take a look.
https://www.ceop.police.uk/ - use the CEOP website to report any activity that concerns you
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - from CEOP, Thinkuknow is full of information on staying safe online for all ages.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/Episode1/ - Hector’s World is used in KS1 as part of their e-safety learning.
http://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew - SMART rules are used in LKS2 as part of their e-safety learning.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/ - updated online safety and technology advice for parents and carers.
https://www.internetmatters.org/ - advice for parents and carers so that they understand how they can support their child and keep them safe.
http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers - advice for parents and carers so that they understand how they can support their child and keep them safe.
http://www.bullying.co.uk/ - antibullying resources with advice for parents, including support with cyber bullying.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - a guide from the NSPCC to advise parents and carers on the social media sites that their children are using.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/ - a guide to teaching children the PANTS underwear rule.
http://parentalcontrols-on.org/ - A fantastic website which explains how to set parental controls on each device around the home. Highly recommended!