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 Online safety incidents and disclosures are fully investigated and discussed to help support our children to remain safe online. All children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online through a progressive curriculum across all year groups.
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.
It’s 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
Below are a list of links and websites to support you and your children to stay safe online. They include up to date information regarding the latest risks on new apps, games or websites as well as support for how to manage such dangers.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox 360 settings, Blackberry settings, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. They are well worth a read and some are attached below for you to download.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
ParentINFO is collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP. There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.
Following on from our pupil voice questionnaire, click the following links to access parental guides to some of the most popular apps/devices / social media sites that our children documented to use the most:
Netaware (provides an overview to all apps, games and the age restrictions applied).