Online Safety

 

Online Safety Guidance

At Franksbridge C.P.  School we take the safety of our pupils very seriously including their safety while they access the internet. We want this approach to e-safety to spread to the home online environment too and we are therefore sharing with you some tips and resources to help you guide your children and help you keep up to date in a digital world.

It is important that as a family that you set rules and agree boundaries. Discuss with your child how their internet use will be monitored and the need for your child to earn trust and privacy online depending on their age/ability. Try to reach common ground with your child / children about when, what and for how long they can access the internet. Be especially aware of setting rules relating to your child’s use of webcams and any applications or devices which allow voice or video chat. Make sure they understand that they must never give away their passwords and be careful about what personal information (date of birth, address, phone number, school they attend etc.) is shared online.

Here are a few websites to help you keep your child / children safe on line: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

  1. Think u know is always a good place to start.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

The most popular articles that parents are currently accessing on this website include:

  • Using parental controls
  • Online contact and staying safe
  1. saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

This website is helpful to highlight what the issues around internet safety may be. Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. This website has grouped potential online risks into the following four categories:

  • Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information.
  • Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children.
  • Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them.
  • Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites. www.parentinfo.org
  1. CEOP, the child protection command of the National Crime Agency, and Parent Zone, which provides guidance to parents, have collaborated to set up Parent Info, a service for schools that provides information about children’s wellbeing and resilience that is aimed at parents.

http://parentinfo.org/articles/all

The most popular articles that parents are accessing on this website are:

  • Digital resilience: a parent’s guide
  • The 6 apps and services that every parent should know
  • The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter
  • Parenting in the digital age online safety course for parents

 

Please find below three documents containing useful information and advice on online safety:

  1.  A parent and carers guide to age ratings of apps and games EN
  2. Tip sheet for parents – Responsible Online Behaviour
  3. Powys Schools Social Media and E-safety Policy