As in other aspects of life, children and young people need to learn how to use technology safely and responsibly. On-line safety is built into our computing curriculum and also covered in EPR sessions so that children know how to keep themselves safe on-line.
Many children use the internet at home, both for learning and leisure, and it is vital that parents also know how to keep their children safe on-line and are vigilant in monitoring the content children access and put in place rules and controls to keep children safe. There is a wealth of information to support parents:
The NSPCC website contains lots of useful information for parents regarding on-line safety including setting up parental controls and monitoring your child’s internet use which can be accessed at the following link NSPCC Keeping Children Safe On-line
The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Education Team aim to help protect children from and young people from on-line abuse. Their education programme provides resources and information for children, young people and their families through their thinkuknow website at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Childnet, https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/, offer advice and support to parents and professionals.
Internet Matters was launched in May 2014 by founding partners, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, Internet Matters support parents and carers to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape. They offer advice and information to help parents engage in their child’s online life and manage the risks they may face online.
Internet Matters work with a wide coalition of industry partners including the BBC, Google, Samsung and Facebook and also collaborate with sector experts, government and schools to reach UK families with tools, tips and resources. https://www.internetmatters.org/
The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), established in 2011, is a leading global partnership helping to make the internet a great and safe place for everyone. Formed of three charities - Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGFL - they work together to identify threats and harms online and then create and deliver advice and resources to help keep children and young people and adults safe. https://saferinternet.org.uk/
The UKISC also co-ordinates the annual Safer Internet Day in the UK which takes place in February. See links on the left for more information about this year's event.
During the Covid19 pandemic, the Government produced some useful guidance for how parents can keep their children safe on-line which can be accessed at the following link. Support for Parents to Keep Children Safe Online
In addition, we have attached some documents and advice below which may be of use. If you need any further support please contact Miss Scrutton or Miss Devlin.