Online Safety for Parents

Online Safety

Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Sholden 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. Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety policy and Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

The Government have recently produced advice for parents regarding Online Safety a link to which can be found here:

E Safety update 2015

A brilliant guide has also been produced in consultation with netmums which can be found on the net-aware website. This guide outlines all the Apps and media which children can use and tells you how they work. 

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/#

Additionally our Mobile Phone Agreement Form can be found below:

Mobile Phone Agreement Form 2015

net-aware.orh

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.

Search engines

Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

Research searching

nICE
CBBC
Kids Yahoo

Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. Click here to read more.

Image searching

Pics4Learning
picsearch

Gaming

When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up.  To read more, click here.

Websites for more information

CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuseand exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, youngpeople 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 settingsXbox360 settingsBlackberry controls, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. Well worth a read!

You can access more copies here:

http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/vodafone_digital_parenting_magazine/2248_0

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.