Keeping our children safe is always our key priority. In an increasingly technological world, educating our children on how to keep safe and behave respectfully online. In school, this is coordinated by our safeguarding / wellbeing team and our ICT Lead.
On Tuesday 5th February, children took part in activities to acknowledge Safer Internet Day.
This year's theme focused around consent. The exploration of consent ranged from companies holding kids’ information without permission (use of Big Data and GDPR) to the social etiquette of friends not posting pictures of each other without getting their permission first.
"Talking to your child – openly and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online."
You might find it helpful to start with a family discussion to set boundaries and agree what is appropriate. Or you might need a more specific conversation about an app or website your child wants to use or something you're worried about.
Below are some useful links in keeping children safe online:
There are resources and advice for parents, on keeping your child safe on the internet, on the website: saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers and on the links found at the bottom of this page. Please take the time to have a look and have a conversation with your child about acting safely, responsibly and positively in a digital world.
Gaming devices provide a variety of interesting activities and ways for young people to engage with their friends and families.
However, it is important to be aware of what these devices can do and how you can talk with your child to help them to use this technology in safe and positive way.
All modern gaming devices offer parental controls to help you manage how your child uses their device, but these do need to be set up in order for them to be operational.
See link for support on how to add parental controls to your gaming console:
Staying safe on tablets and PC’s
It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.
This link with video will help parents untangle the web. In addition, teach your children to be Share Aware.Because, just like in real life, children need your help to stay safe online.
Entertainment & search engines
The media and entertainment industry has seen a huge transformation as it becomes digitised, with most entertainment content such as films, TV programmes, and games now being accessed over the internet. This means children are able to watch content wherever and whenever they’re online.
But it’s also important to think about setting the right parental controls in the places where your child is accessing online content, as it will help prevent them stumbling upon something they shouldn’t.
Here are the relevant links to step-by-step parental controls instructions for the major entertainment services and search engines.
- BBC Safer Internet Advice
- BBC Newsround Special