How can you help to keep your children safe online?
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within school and in their lives outside school. The Internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore and it is important that Brunton First School and Parents work together to ensure our children are safe online.
We hope these tips are useful:
• Keep the computer or iPad in a family room, this means that you can share the online experience and they are less likely to act inappropriately.
• Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. If you are unsure about any apps or games they are playing ask them to show you how to play. Whether your playing games, watching videos spending time together online is a great way to start conversations about the online world and how they’re finding being a part of it.
• Help your child understand that they should never give out their personal details to online friends.
• Let your child know that the best way to address any problems online is to tell a trusted adult immediately. For example: this might include someone sending them a friend request or online message.
Remember you are a TEAM
Talk about staying safe online with your child.
Explore the online world together.
Agree rules about what your child can go on.
Manage your families settings.
We take part in ‘Safer Internet Day’ in February each year which reinforces our E-safety lessons and builds on the messages of being safe and kind on the internet. E-Safety is taught to all children at an age-appropriate level to explain how to stay safe online- we come back to this regularly to ensure all children remember.
Many of the additional technologies our children come into contact with are those they use outside of school (mobile phones, iPad, tablets) and therefore we have provided the links below to websites and resources which give additional information and support for parents so they can support their children and help them keep safe online.
USEFUL E-SAFETY WEBSITES:
Internetmatters.org– This is also available as an app you can have on your iPad.
Guide to Apps
Using Parental Controls
Online safety leaflets & Resources
Parent Guide to Technology
NSPCC Online safety advice
Poppy Playtime: Online Safety Review – Safer Schools
Keeping Children Safe Online
Roblox Parental Controls and Privacy Settings | Internet Matters