Online Safety Message from PC Viv Ainsworth (School liaison officer) January 2022
As we start 2022 I wanted to highlight children’s online safety with the possible arrival of new digital devices.
I really want to take this time and share these links and information around social media. The age of usage is getting younger and younger and therefore increasing risk to our young people through social media and gaming connections.
Please can I ask if your child is using social media, or thinking about it, you take 10 minutes with them in front of the devices and check settings on each and every app, as settings may vary.
We need to do all we can in helping safeguard children from online harm. Settings need to be set to private, friends only, ghost mode on Snapmaps etc.
All these links below will help you in limiting risk to our young people and actually assist in helping us as adults understand a little more, and allows outlets for reporting matters online should it be needed.
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.
Information from our school police liaison officer
Newsletter for Parents/Carers (November 2020)
There is also a really good section on Hwb under Schoolbeat resources called ‘Share Aware’ and other internet safety tips – here’s the link
Some other resources to recommend include the following –
Here are a few websites to help you keep your child / children safe on line: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
- Think u know is always a good place to start.
The most popular articles that parents are currently accessing on this website include:
- Using parental controls
- Online contact and staying safe
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
- 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.
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:
- A parent and carers guide to age ratings of apps and games EN
- Tip sheet for parents – Responsible Online Behaviour
- Powys Schools Social Media and E-safety Policy