Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Use dbprimary - All of our children in Key Stage One and Two are given free access. This is a safe 'social networking' site for children, where the pupils can build their own web pages, take part in competitions, and send emails to each other. Mediators are always online to help the children and there are rules to keep everyone safe online.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Monitor your Child: Please monitor your child's computer usage at home and remember many of the popular Apps are aged 13 or older.. Every major Internet provider such as Virgin Media, BT or Sky will have the option to filter out and block websites that are not child friendly.
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers videos which show a step-by-step guide on how to set this up.
Please be aware of how easily children can access the Internet (including Apps) on mobile phones and tablets. Ensure your devices have passwords or passcodes if you do not want your child to access something you have not pre-vetted. Children should ask an adult before they use any device.
Please talk to your children regularly about how to keep themselves safe online. Encourage them to visit the websites the school has given to educate themselves on current and new e-safety issues.
The guidance given at School: Please remind your child to act responsibly as an Internet user. The children are taught in school how to keep themselves safe by:
- not sharing personal information with anyone they speak to online.
- treating others kindly online as they would in person.
- reporting anything they feel is suspicious to an adult.
- using search engines such as 'safe search' instead of Google
- Users should check the legal age required for any social networking site before creating an account.
- Users should check the legal age requirement for any computer games played (including those used on Play Station or Xbox).
Useful websites with more information about E-Safety
Thinkuknow - With resources and advice for parents and children.
CBBC-Stay-Safe - Tips for staying safe online, songs, interviews and features.
UK Safer Internet Centre - Safety tips, advice & resources to help children & young people stay safe online.
Kidsmart - Lots of useful resources for staying safe on the Internet and other related technologies.
Vodafone Parents - Lots of practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline - Childline is a free helpline for children and young people in the UK.