Online Safety is an integral part of our children's education in today's digital world. We want our families to learn how to improve their own understanding of the online world so that they can use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
At the beginning of each academic year our children engage in a series of age appropriate lessons which focus on providing them with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe in the digital world. There are also egular sessions about online safety as the children encounter digital media in their learning experiences. A weekly top tip about Online Safety is posted in our Google Classrooms.
Seen something worrying online?
It is important that your child knows that you're interested in their life, both online and offline. Reassure your child that if they see anything upsetting online that they can come and talk to you.
CEOP is a police agency where you can report worrying or unsafe online activity.
Childline is a free confidential service where children can talk about anything that is worrying them. Their website has useful information and advice.
Childline can be contacted on 0800 1111
Should my child be using social media?
Social networking sites or social networking apps on smart phones have age restrictions. These sites are not suitable for primary school aged children and the link below details the risks attached to underage social networking as well as providing a guide on age restrictions.
Children in Years 5 and 6 who are independent travellers may bring a phone to school. This phone must be a non-smart phone (no internet connection capability or camera) and must be stored in the school office during school hours.
Further sources of information
The BBC Own it Website is a bright, colourful and engaging website to work with your child to understand how to be safe online.
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
Thinkuknow has a great section parent and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant to your family.
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.
The Safer Internet site provides tips, resources and advice to help children have a safe and positive expereince online.