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Online Safety

The London Grid for Learning's Digisafe team carried out a survey of 40,000 pupils on online safety. The findings have been used to create the document 'Hopes and Streams.'

 

Our school takes Online Safety very seriously.

Whenever using the internet, children will discuss ways to stay safe online and how to use the internet respectfully. This is complemented by online safety afternoons every term which the whole school takes part in.

 The key messages we give the children are:

  • They should be supervised (from EYFS and KS1 children being monitored and watching while online to KS2 children not having phones or consoles in private rooms). We link this to Article 3: A child's best interests must always be considered. 
  • They need to be responsible users of the internet and  think before they write, post or share. We link this to Articles 13, 14 and 15: All children have the right to express themselves, as long as this does not harm others. 
  • They should have time limits for their access to the internet. We link this to Article 29: All children have the right to reach their full potential.
  • Age limits on games and social media are set for a reason, and should be respected. We link this to Article 31: All children have the right to play and relax and also Article 19: All children have the right to be protected from harm.

There is a lot of information to help you keep your children safe online. We have collected here some of the most useful guides. 

You can find out how to: 

  • set up parental controls
  • report inappropriate or worrying content

 

Our Penwortham Online Safety Workshop 

Click on the link below to download the Power Point which was used at the parent workshop. 

Keeping Ourselves Safe Online

 

Childnet have produced leaflets in various languages. Please click on the links below:

Bengali

Hindi

Polish

Punjabi

Urdu

 

Parental controls

Parental controls is the name for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online. According to Internet Matters, 65% of young people aged 11- 16 are in favour of parental controls!

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time, follow the link here:  Parental Controls

 For individual apps and devices there are many different guides for how to set up parental controls.

 Guides for parental controls

Playstation 4 Parental Controls

Youtube: YouTube offers an app made specifically for children which allows parents to restrict searches, set timelimits and create a password to ensure only you can change the settings. We strongly advise all parents to use YouTube kids.

 

Making a report 

Most services have rules about what kind of content is allowed on the site. Often if something is harassing an individual, pornographic or violent it breaks the rules and can be reported.

Here's how to make a report

Report Harmful Content

 When children are using websites and become worried or concerned, they should look out for the report symbol, that looks like this:

 

Useful websites

UK Safer Internet Centre

NSPCC Online Safety

CBBC Stay Safe