Our school takes Online Safety very seriously.
Whenever using the internet, children will discuss ways to stay safe online and how to use the internet respectfully. This is complemented by online safety afternoons every term which the whole school takes part in.
The key messages we give the children are:
- They should be supervised (from EYFS and KS1 children being monitored and watching while online to KS2 children not having phones or consoles in private rooms).
- They need to be responsible users of the internet and think before they write, post or share.
- They should have time limits for their access to the internet.
- Age limits on games and social media are set for a reason, and should be respected.
There is a lot of information to help you keep your children safe online. We have collected here some of the most useful guides.
You can find out how to:
- set up parental controls
- report inappropriate or worrying content
Parental controls is the name for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online. According to Internet Matters, 65% of young people aged 11- 16 are in favour of parental controls!
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time, follow the link below.
For individual apps and devices there are many different guides for how to set up parental controls.
Youtube: YouTube offers an app made specifically for children which allows parents to restrict searches, set timelimits and create a password to ensure only you can change the settings. We strongly advise all parents to use YouTube kids.
Making a report
Most services have rules about what kind of content is allowed on the site. Often if something is harassing an individual, pornographic or violent it breaks the rules and can be reported.
UK Safer Internet Centre http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers