Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. As a school we understand the importance of supporting parents/carers to improve their own understanding of online safety issues, so you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.
What you can do at home:
We understand that it can be difficult for adults to know what to do for the best when it comes to online safety. It may seem as if the technology is going at such a rate that it is hard to keep on top of all the new things coming out.
The main thing to remember is that whatever app, website or game that becomes the new craze:
- Stay vigilant to your child’s internet use, and have open conversations about what they like to do
- Remind then that the same social rules apply online as in real life, so be kind, polite, and wary of strangers
- Teach children about what the dangers are, and what they can do if they get worried
- Talk to older siblings about being considerate of their younger siblings age when watching things online with them
- Don’t leave children alone with digital devices until you have shown them how to interact safely online, and to tell you if something is wrong.
- Make sure you use parental settings on all of your devices, and never let them play games with a PEGI rating too old for them.
- Above all, don’t feel ashamed about not knowing about every new technological development. Ask other parents, and us at school if you are worried.
Online Safety Advice for Parents - During School Closure- Please read!
Thinkuknow- Parent help Sheet
SIX TOP TIPS To Keep Primary Kids Safe Online During School Closure
Online Safety- Home activity packs
Childnet have created six easy-to-follow videos to work through together with children aged 6-9 years old.
Each video has:
- simple, clear online safety advice specifically tailored for children aged 6-9 years old,
- 10-15 minutes of fun activities, games and discussion points,
- narration from an experienced member of the Childnet education team,
- optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.
Please note: due to the format of this resource and to encourage meaningful discussion, we would strongly advise that children watch the video lessons together with an adult.
Helpful websites for Parents:
The London Grid For Learning (LGFL) have lots of advice on Online Safety:
In school, KS1 use Smartie the Penguin to help them with being safe online
KS2 use Digiduck's Big Decision to help them.
Helpful links to look at with your family:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/ (Age 4-7)
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ (Age 8-10)
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13/ (Age 11-13)
Videos to support 7-10 year olds- ( Smart Crew Cartoon)
Video to support 5-7 year olds (Online Gaming Safety)
Parent Online Safety Advice:
Online Safety Advice
Advice for putting Parental controls on devices at home:
Putting Parental Controls on and Ipad- Video:
Apps and Media:
Parent Guides to Online Safety
Regular YouTube has “Restricted Mode” that can be set by scrolling to the bottom of Youtube, Clicking “Restricted Mode” then clicking “Save”. This will stop the majority of adult content being shown when they children watch, this is not fully reliable however. For an added layer of protection for your mobiles and tablets download “YouTube Kids” which allows content suitable for children. Please remember that no filter is 100% reliable, so you still need to be vigilant to what your children are watching. Click HERE to find out how we talk to the children about that in school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Childline- They have lots of useful advice for children if they have any worries about online safety and cyber bullying: