Keeping your child safe
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Wallop Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. E-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 e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
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.
Useful Leaflets for Parents about keeping your child safe online.
Six Rules for Keeping your Child Safe Online
The following links will provide help for adults with regards to keeping children safe online:
NSPCC - Talking to your child about online safety. This website has advice on how to start the conversation with your child and get support if there's something that worries you.
Hampshire Online Safety Guide - this resource has advice for parents, carers and young people about relevant online issues. It includes guidance on how to set privacy settings and controlling and monitoring activity online.
ParentZone - lots of advice here about using sites such as Disney+, Amazon Prime, FacebookPortal safely and to benefit the whole family
Gov.uk - this government website gives information about security and privacy settings.
ThinkUKnow - provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) about staying safe online.
Parentinfo - this website is a collaboration between ParentZone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
InternetMatters - this website provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world. There are some specific links below.
Set parental controls on smartphones and other devices
Set parental controls on broadband and mobile networks - this will help to limit the inappropriate content a child might see
Gaming Consoles and platforms - get up to speed with restrictions you can add to ensure your children a safe and enjoyable experience.
Social media privacy guides - there is an age recommendation of 13 years+ for children accessing social media. These privacy guides will help you to decide on the right privacy settings to have.
Entertainment and search engines - Children search for all sorts of things online, to make sure they don’t stumble across things they shouldn’t, you can use these parental control guides to set the right controls on their sites and apps to keep them safe.
Get children's tech set up safely - give your child the power to create, connect and share safely online with these step-by-step controls and privacy guides.
Digital Parenting - this guide, published by Vodafone, contains a lot of helpful information, advice and guidance for parents.
NetAware - this has support from the NSPCC for parents and carers, including a guide to social networks, apps and games.
Let's Talk About It - has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
UK Safer Internet Centre - has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.
To report any harmful content to the UK Safer Internet centre, use the following link: Report Harmful Content
Get advice on reporting online abuse from the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation Agency, click the following link: CEOP
The following links will give advice and support about supporting children through the pandemic:
Children's Guide to Coronavirus - this has some ideas about helping children express their worries.
The InterAgency Standing Committee have produced a children's storybook to help children understand about what is going on in the world right now. You can access the book by clicking this link: Children's Storybook.
EveryMindMatters - this NHS run website gives some help and advice to help manage our own mental health at this time.
Advice for parents - there is some advice here about helping children to stay connected online whilst keeping safe.
Change4Life - this website gives ideas and advice about staying physically and mentally healthy.
ARE YOU SAFE ONLINE?
TheDigital Parenting booklet from Vodafone is now available. There is lots of good advice for parents to help keep their children safe online, we recommend the read!
Vodafone Digital Parenting booklet
We've been learning about Internet safety and have looked at an array of websites and internet "dos" and "don'ts".
We have learnt that:
- Once it's online you can't take it off!
- THINK before you upload and post.
- Think about what you type. If the message was sent to you, how would you feel?
The NSPCC have some great advice and tips for parents who want to understand more about keeping their children safe online. You can find these great resources by clicking the link below.
S - Stay safe
M - Don't meet up
A - Accept emails only from people you know
R - Remember that information on the Internet isn't always reliable
T - Tell someone if something happens that makes you feel upset
Using tools such as Skype can be good for keeping in touch with others, especially if you have friends or family living abroad. But you still need to remember that safety rules should still apply. Don't talk to people you don't know and don't arrange to meet up with anyone you only know on the internet. Children should also not be sharing inappropriate photos or videos online.
We have some tips for staying safe online which are included in the links below. Watch each video clip and have a think about what you could do differently to keep yourself safe. If you're a parent watching you are very important - you can find some more advice about keeping your children safe at the link below! Make sure you take some ideas to keep your children safe as well.
ONLINE SAFETY: LINKS FOR CHILDREN
Whilst we are learning from home, it is important that we remember how to keep safe online. There are some websites and activities here to help you do that. Have a look at them to remember important information.
Here are some extra links below
5 ways to stick to a good bedtime routine
Getting used to a new situation
A guide to 'bossing best behaviour online'