Online Safety for Parents
So what is Online Safety?
- Online Safety is concerned with safeguarding children, young people and indeed adults in the digital world.
- It is about learning to understand and use new technologies and Information Communication Technology (ICT) in a positive way.
- Online Safety
- is not about restricting children, but educating them about the risks as well as the benefits so they can feel confident and happy online.
- It is about educating ourselves so we are able to support and help children and young people online.
Please visit our pupil area where you will find websites to help teach children & adults how to stay safe online. You can also visit, http://www.kelsi.org.uk/child-protection-and-safeguarding/e-safety/e-safety-classroom-materials, for a range of materials from the local authority.
The use of social media amongst primary school pupils is increasing even though there are age restrictions. The restrictions are set to keep children safe online - please see the diagram below for details concerning age restrictions for specific applications.
Department for Education: Child Internet Safety
'The internet provides children and young people with a wealth of opportunities for their entertainment, communication and education. But there are also risks of harm through the deliberate behaviour of others online, and through exposure to inappropriate content.
As children grow up in an increasingly digital world, they need to be aware of the risks they face online, Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe and the internet industries have a particular responsibility to create tools and information to help.' - DFE Website
There are many ways which you can help your child use the Internet and other online devices safely. Monitoring what your child accesses online and helping them choose appropriate websites is crucial. Parental controls can be used online and on televisions to help children avoid any inappropriate content. However, these are not completely reliable and therefore it is also vital that you talk to your child and make them aware of what to do in case inappropriate content appears.
At school we have high security filters to stop children accessing inappropriate websites. We also use 'Hector's World' and in the corner of the screen there is always Hector the Dolphin which children know to click if anything unsuitable appears. This blacks out the screen immediately so that children can then call over an adult to solve the problem.
Here are some helpful websites for parents:
Other useful links to share with parents/carers via websites/newsletters etc. are:
- 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 'Parent/Carers section for information and advice
- http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Video-chat-and-webcams1.pdf - Childnet's Video Chat and WebCam advice sheet for young people
- http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/video-chat-and-webcams-teachers.pdf - Childnet's Video Chat and WebCam advice sheet for teachers
- www.getsafeonline.org – Up-to-date security advice e.g. passwords and hacking
- www.internetmatters.org – Information about online safety for parents from BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin
- www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety - NSPCC's Share Aware campaign provides information for parents about online safety.
- www.net-aware.org.uk - NSPCC Guide for parents/carers about popular social networking apps
- www.saferinternet.org.uk – Parents guides to safety tools on popular devices and signposts report mechanisms for commonly used websites.
- www.kent.police.uk/internetsafety - Guidance from Kent Police