As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist below that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Parent Resources (other resources are available below too)
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe. Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.
The Department for Education published the revised statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ in September 2019 for schools and colleges in England. Schools are obligated to “ensure appropriate filters and appropriate monitoring systems are in place. Children should not be able to access harmful or inappropriate material from the school or colleges IT system” however, schools will need to “be careful that “overblocking” does not lead to unreasonable restrictions as to what children can be taught with regards to online teaching and safeguarding.” Filtering systems are only ever a tool in helping to safeguard children when online and schools have an obligation to “consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum”.
At All Saints' CE Primary School we believe that educating our children about being safe online is very important. As part of our Computing curriculum all children, from Foundation Stage to Year Six, are educated about on-line safety; focusing on identifying some of the risks about being online and how to keep themselves safe.The manner in which we safeguard children with regards to online safety meets the requirements of ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019'
In school we have clear rules about using the internet and these are displayed in every classroom:
Posters are displayed in our classrooms and the ICT suite about on-line safety. The rules are regularly discussed with the children by their class teachers. Our home school agreement makes clear that children should follow these rules at home, by being responsible when using the internet. We define being responsible as putting into practice what they are taught in school with regards to keeping themselves safe.
Online Safety policies and procedures
The school has an online safety policy which is agreed by staff and governors, and writen in consultation with parents and children. This policy can be accessed within the policies section of our key information area.
Parents of pupils in KS1 are asked to sign Responsible Internet Use permission slips on behalf of their children to use the internet and have work published on the school website. Parents of KS2 children are also asked to sign the Responsible Internet Use permission slip and KS2 pupils also sign and agree to follow the rules too. A copy of our User Agreement Policy can be found within the policies section of our key information area.