Whilst the Internet is an incredibly valuable resource its features present a lot of risk to its users. Online Safety is therefore an important part of keeping our children safe at Croyland Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. All children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online through a progressive curriculum across all year groups. It is our aim that our children will apply these skills independently both in and out of school. It is my role as online safety coordinator to monitor all online safety incidents and disclosures to ensure they are fully investigated and discussed to help support our children to remain safe online both in and out of school.
However we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online safety message is clear and consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. It is essential to maximise the use of PGEI ratings, parental controls and safety settings in order to protect our children from the dangers online use can present. Please see the website links below and the information in the tabs for further support.
It is essential to be realistic - banning the Internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential as well as open conversations and utilising the information and websites available to us.
Please use the links below to access the most reputable sites providing both adults and children with the most up to date information regarding gaming, apps and online safety reporting.
- CEOP – Reporting website for inappropriate concerning behaviour directly to the police.
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Digital Parenting Magazine - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents in their Digital Parenting Magazine.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
- Netaware – Summary of risks for all popular apps and games currently available.