Now more than ever before the internet plays and integral role in our daily lives and is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
It is important that we all follow the SMART Rules:
If you would like to share any information or require any further support please do not hesitate to contact the school. Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for Parents/Carers, Teachers and Young People to help you with your child’s online safety at home.
5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games - these are just a few of the ways that children interact online, but sometimes there are risks. Learn five ways to keep your kids safe on the internet.
Tips for parents: Setting up parental controls: Guide For Parents - Parental Controls Booklet
Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today it is important to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online. This guide will help you to understand and set up parental controls to provide your child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from seeing something that they shouldn’t - although it is important to emphasise that no system is effective all of the time so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about their online life regularly.
https://parentinfo.org/ Help and advice for parents in a digital world.
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way somebody is communicating with you? Report to CEOP here.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, an organisation that protects children both online and offline
https://www.childnet.com/ This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
https://www.bbc.com/ownit CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your child/ren. Here are the tips and tricks you'll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.
https://www.askaboutgames.com/ Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls.
https://www.childnet.com/resources/looking-for-kidsmart Help introduce young children to the idea of internet safety.