This page has been created to help children to stay safe on the internet. Internet safety is taught through the Computing curriculum, PSHE lessons and an annual Internet Safety Day. Internet safety is an important part of learning at Cherry Tree Primary school and it is important that parents are aware of how they can assist with internet safety. This page will provide information on keeping safe for children and parents.
Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine includes articles and advice from experts to help keep young people safe in the digital world. It also has advice on how to set up a safe online environment at home, monitoring the children’s use of the internet and highlighting some dangers of technology for young people. All children were given a copy of the magazine on internet safety day (7/02/17) and you can view a digital version of the magazine by clicking on the cover of the magazine below.
We are aware that most of our pupils have access to the internet at home. This can make it difficult to protect children as they begin to explore the uses of the internet. Social media sites, as well as communication functions within online gaming, make it tempting for children to socialise over the internet including people who they do not know. Although this is something regularly discussed in school, it is vital parents are aware of the specific dangers of the internet and continually monitor the children’s usage.
Technology supplements lessons at Cherry Tree Primary School, but we are also aware of the risks which we assess as part of our lesson planning. Our school has strict filters provided by our Internet Service Provider to reduce the risk of children being able to use websites deemed to be unfit for children to use. Even with these filters in place, the internet is an ever-changing environment the filter cannot guarantee the children’s safety. For this reason, children are supervised when using the internet during the school day.
Below are guides to help you stay safe on some popular social network sites. Each guide also has related websites to explore for further help.
CyberSense is a new app designed to help parents talk about e-safety issues with their children to ensure that they make smart choices to stay safe online. Click on the picture below to find out more information.
The NSPCC have published rules to keep children safe on the internet. Using the following rules at home will ensure your children have a clear understanding of how to be responsible users:
1. Have the conversation early and often
Children and young people spend an average of 12 hours a week online and it becomes part of their routine early on in life. That's why it's important to start talking to your child about keeping safe online at an early age.
It's easier to have conversations about online safety little and often, rather than trying to cover everything at once.
As your children get older, and technology changes, make sure you keep talking about what they're doing online and how to stay safe.
2. Explore online together
Ask your child to show you their favourite things to do online, and show an interest in what they do - just like you would offline. This will give you a much better idea of what they're getting up to. And it gives you a way to support and encourage them while learning what they know.
3. Know who your child is talking to online
Children don't think of people they've met online through social networking and online games as strangers, they're just online friends.
So it's important to keep track of who your child's talking to. Ask them questions like:
who do they know that has the most online friends?
how can they know so many people?
how do they choose who to become friends with online?
Explain to your child that it's easy for people to lie about themselves online, like their age, for example, because you have never met them.
Agree your child will 'friend' a trusted adult on their social networks or online games.
You could also become 'friends' with your child so you can see their profile and posts but your child may not want to 'friend' you, especially as they get older. Agree that your child can 'friend' a trusted adult like an aunt or uncle so they can let you know if they see anything worrying on your child's profile.
4. Set rules and agree boundaries
It's useful to agree on some ground rules together. These will depend on your child's age and what you feel is right for them, but you might want to consider:
the amount of time they can spend online
when they can go online
the websites they can visit or activities they can take part in
sharing images and videos
how to treat people online and not post anything they wouldn't say face-to-face.
If your child plays online games:
check the age rating before they play
make sure you know who they're playing with
talk to them about what information is OK to share with other players
negotiate the amount of time they spend playing online games.
Make sure that content is age-appropriate
You know your child best, so check that the websites, social networks and games they're using are suitable for them.
Check that your browser's homepage (the page that you see when you open an internet window) is set to a website that you're happy for your child to see.
Online games, movies and some websites will also have an age rating or minimum age to sign up. Age limits are there to keep children safe. So you shouldn't feel pressured into letting your child sign up or use websites that you feel they are too young for.
6. Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content
You can set up parental controls to stop your child from seeing unsuitable or harmful content online:
Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky or BT, provide controls to help you filter or restrict content.
Laptops, phones, tablets, game consoles and other devices that connect to the internet have settings to activate parental controls.
Software packages are available - some for free - that can help you filter, restrict or monitor what your child can see online.
Remember that if your child goes online away from home, the same controls might not be in place at other people's houses or on public Wi-Fi. Agree with your child how they will use public Wi-Fi or let other parents know what your child is or isn't allowed to do online.
7. Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools
Check the privacy settings on any online accounts your child has, like Facebook or games, and remind them to keep their personal information private.
And talk to your child about what to do if they see content or are contacted by someone that worries or upsets them. Make sure they know how to use tools to report abuse.
If you see something that makes you unhappy on the internet or think you are being bullied online, you can use the CEOP button to report the incident.
Remember, Childline are available at all times to help you with your concerns. If anything happens on the internet that makes you unhappy you must tell an adult. If you are finding this hard, childline can advise you. This is a free call and will not show on your phone bill.
At Cherry Tree Primary school we think before we click. What this means is we really think about the impact each post has, whether this is on social media, youtube or any other internet sites.
Year 2, how can we remember to think before we click?
Cherry Tree Primary School took part in safer internet day. Discussions in class and assembly allowed us to discuss the rules of the internet. The theme this year was how our photos are viewed online. We discussed the information that we are happy and unhappy for other people to know. We discussed how photos can sometimes give some of this information out without us realising it (school uniforms let people know what school we go to, most technology now geotags a photo when it is taken. This can be used to give away your address). We discussed online profiles ways of keeping our personal information safe. We designed safe profiles. See some examples below:
Some of us completed a diamond 9 activity. Here is one of the examples from year 6. The most important rule is at the top, and the least important at the bottom. Do you agree with their opinion?
For more information, and to find videos and activities on internet safety, please go on the Safer Internet website.
We would like to tell you about a campaign that has been launched across Essex in partnership with Essex Police to provide information about child sexual exploitation to the general public, communities, businesses, as well as those working with children and young people. It's called the 'I DIDN'T KNOW Campaign' and here is the link to the website:
We're great at preparing kids for their offline life, telling them not to talk to strangers, showing them how to cross the road or teaching them to ride a bike.
Many parents have less confidence in preparing them for their online life and the risks that may be invloved.
O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help all parents and families in the UK explore and understand the internet. As kids know it.
From emojis and memes to Snapchat stories and Reddit, having regular conversations with your children about their online habits is the best way to encourage them the use the internet safely.
To learn more about your kids' digital world, how to enjoy it and protect them, go to o2.co.uk/nspcc
Or call the freephone helpline number on 0808 800 5002