While we feel that the use of technology is a largely positive aspect of modern life, we cannot ignore the risks that can be associated and as our pupils are growing up in a world of ever-changing technology it is our job to support them in being safe online.
What is my role as a parent?
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online. Talk to your child about the importance of creating a safe online environment, including keeping any log-in details and passwords safe. As a parent you must be aware of what your child is doing when spending time on gaming devices such as an iPad, mobile phone, laptop and computer. Although the internet presents positive learning experiences there can be potential dangers. Our children need to know that internet safety rules apply at home as well as at school. There are numerous ways in which you can ensure your child’s safety. You MUST get involved with your child’s lives online.
What is cyber bullying?
Cyber bullying is when your child is being bullied on line or through the use of electronic technology. This could be when a text, message or image is posted in order to intentionally hurt or embarrass another person.
This could be in the form of:
What should I do if I think my child is a victim of cyber bullying?
Talking to the child’s class teacher is a good start and issues may be reported to a Designated Safeguarding Lead in school. Phone settings and email accounts can be changed and users may be blocked from the account. Always print the messages or images as evidence but NEVER reply to them.
Top tips when allowing children to play online games:
Here is a link to the Government website with advice on how to keep your child safe online:
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child. Some of their guidance we attach below but you can find even more by visiting the link.
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.
The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.