Welcome to our Internet safety page!!
See below for information, videos and support!
Concerns and worries
Be alert to any changes in behaviour, language and attitude in your child that may indicate that something is upsetting them online, for example, if your child starts to withdraw from family and friends or becomes secretive about their online behaviour.
If your child discloses an online issue or concern to you, ensure you listen to them.
Depending on the issue, you can report specific concerns online at:
- Inappropriate content: https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
- Terrorist content: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
- Child Sexual Abuse Imagery: https://www.iwf.org.uk/
- Online Child Sexual Abuse: https://ceop.police.uk/
Follow these ‘Golden’ rules
Remember these are whole family rules so consider your own use of the internet and lead by example. Think about how much time you spend online and consider the information you are sharing on your social networks about your children and who can see it.
· Share quality time together. Consider nominating ‘tech-free’ areas or times, such as your child’s bedroom or dinner time, where you can give each other undivided attention and share offline experiences, like reading a book together.
· Install antivirus software and secure your internet connection. - More advice on online security can be accessed at www.getsafeonline.org/
· Make the most of the parental controls on your children’s internet enabled devices and games consoles to help restrict access to inappropriate content. See the ‘Parental controls’ booklet on the ‘Internet safety’ page for more information on controls across devices, apps and games.
Find more information on parental controls at: - www.internetmatters.org, www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/a-parents-guide, www.net-aware.org.uk , www.askaboutgames.com , www.commonsensemedia.org
- Kidtopia: ‘Kidtopia’ is a Google custom student safe search engine for preschool and elementary students, indexing only educator approved web sites.
- Kid’s Search Engine: ‘KidsSearch.com is a Safe Search Engine for children. We use Google's - Safe Search technology and advanced filtering tools on web content. We offer kid friendly links through our directory, each site is peer reviewed for appropriate content, usefulness and fun.
- Teach the Children Well: ‘Teach the Children Well is a collection of links to sites carefully selected by a teacher for students as well as their parents and teachers. The site was designed for elementary grades but many of the sites will also be of interest to older students.
- Kiddle: ‘Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids powered by Google, offering safe kids web, image, and video search. Results are vetted by editors.
The internet provides vast opportunities for children, both educationally and socially, especially during the current situation.
Please regularly check the ‘school closure page’ and each class page for updates from the teachers and lessons, activities, videos and more. Each class page has its own ‘Internet safety’ page which includes links to online resources, stories, videos and activities to facilitate conversations and learning about keeping safe online.
As adults, it is important that we acknowledge the many wonderful and positive opportunities the internet provides for our children; we just need to steer them in the right direction.
Websites to visit for more information:
Think U Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The National Crimes Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.
The NSPCC have produced resources for parents, including Net Aware, a tool which reviews some of the most popular apps. The website has helpful advice for parents about issues 4 such as online grooming, ‘sexting’ and cyberbullying. They also provide a helpline for parents: 0808 8005002
ChildLine: www.childline.org.uk The ChildLine website has a wide range of info and advice on both online and offline safety. There is info about online gaming, grooming which can be shared with children. They also provide a helpline for children: 0800 1111
UK Safer Internet Centre: www.saferinternet.org.uk
UK Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks and suggestions to consider before buying devices for your children.
Childnet has resources, including videos and storybooks, to help you discuss online safety with your children. It includes advice on setting up parental controls, cyberbullying and setting up a family agreement for safer internet use.
Internet Matters: www.internetmatters.org
Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.
Parent Info: www.parentinfo.org
Parent Info provides information to parents and carers about a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’
The BBC Own It Website aims to help children aged 8-13 “be the boss” of their online lives. The website has a range of videos and activities to explore with children and even has a helpful app which can be installed on children’s devices to help them use technology responsibility.