Newsletters - 2021
Online Safety is taught to all pupils which explains and demonstrates how to stay safe and behave appropriately online but we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep themselves safe and behave appropriately online. It’s important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
The Golden Rules for Online Safety at home
- Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what information should be kept private (such as personal information, photos etc.) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Ensure your children know the risks of accepting friends’ requests from strangers online and make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
- Discuss using strong passwords with your child so they understand how they can protect their online accounts. It’s important they know they need to keep their passwords safe and not share them with anyone or use the same password for several accounts. If your child’s account is “hacked” or compromised, then make sure they change their password and report any concerns or suspicious activity. For more advice on using strong passwords visit http://tinyurl.com/Getsafeonlinepassword
- Ensure that you understand how your children’s devices work (e.g. can they download apps). Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact.
- Always remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
- Consider locating your computers and laptops in a family area where children’s online activity can be monitored or supervised. Always supervise the use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Also consider the use and location of other devices your child uses which allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles. Visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/a-parents-guidefor safety information about consoles and devices.
- Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together with your child can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour online. It’s important that you know all of the sites and apps that your children are using and that you make sure they are suitable (e.g. read the sites terms and conditions) and age appropriate.
- Ensure that your child knows that once a picture, video or comment is sent or posted online, then it can be difficult to remove and control as other people can forward it share it without them even knowing.
- Always ensure you and your child know how to block and report people online who may send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Explore privacy settings, help guidance and any information on the site for parents. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply and to keep any evidence of cyberbullying messages.
- Make sure your child knows it’s important that they tell an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
- It’s essential to be realistic: banning the internet or web sites often will not work and it can make a child feel less able to report a problem or concern, so education around safe use is essential.
Websites to visit for more information:
www.internetmatters.org - Supporting families online to get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse.
www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety.
ww.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts.
www.kent.gov.uk/esafety - Guidance from Kent County Council.
www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ - Advice from the NSPCC on how to keep your child safe whilst they are online.
If you are worried that your child is at risk of harm or that a criminal offence has been committed, then you can report your concerns to the Police or Children’s Social Care. Please do not notify suspicious profiles of your actions, as this could enable them to delete material which might be required for any Police investigations. You can contact Kent Police via 101 or 999 if there is immediate risk or CEOP by visiting www.ceop.police.uk and using the “Click CEOP” reporting button.
The School e-Safety Coordinator and Designated Child Protection Coordinators are available to discuss any help you may need or concerns that you may have.
Get expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. You may have seen some of their video clips on National TV recently.
There’s a lot of information here for both children and adults – parents even have their own area of the site!
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
The cybercafé within Gridclub is a safe online community where you can make choices without getting hurt. You can join in the fun at the cybercafé by playing the game.
If your school isn’t teaching the Internet Proficiency scheme through Gridclub, why not speak to your teachers about it and tell them how exciting it is!
Be totally cool and show your friends how much you know about Internet safety by watching the video clips on here. There are also loads of activities and games that will test your knowledge!
Test your knowledge of internet safety with this quiz from CBBC Newsround.
There’s also further information if you’re not sure on anything.
The Online Safety Quiz is your chance to show that you know how to be a safe Internet surfer. Answer each question and, when you get it right, you'll go to the next question.