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Online Safety

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Children are growing up in a world with a bigger range of online activities than ever before and it is our aim to ensure children can do so safely.

At South Stanley Infant and Nursery School we aim to work together with children and parents to make the internet a safer place to learn and play.

At our school, pupils use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Children are taught ways in which they keep themselves safe online. In school, we use Smoothwall as our internet filtering and security which is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation. 

 

We also use SENSO software as part of our effective monitoring  strategy 

At home, children may be given opportunities to learn and play on the Internet, using various devices and with varied levels of supervision.

We want our website to provide parents/carers/pupils with a range of information to help them keep safe online. If you have any questions about e-safety please speak to a member of staff or to one of designated safeguarding leads: Mrs Thompson, Mrs Collier or Mr Howard.

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Here are some tips and useful links to help you :

  • Explore e-safety sites – There are lots of links  below to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?

  • Facebook, Instagram and other social media/entertainment platforms– Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should not be using them. It is worth considering the risks of these platforms to children and looking carefully at what children have access to.

  • Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

  • Use a screen grab – on a PC press the ‘prt sc’ button and then paste into a word document. On a mac command- shift-3 – this allows a record of unwanted messages to be kept.

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. Alongside our frequent teaching of online safety, we celebrate Safer Internet Day in school each year.

There are a great many resources available to help children and parents adopt safe practices. Below you can find links to helpful websites.

Parents/Online Safety Information

Most parents will want to reduce the risks to their children, and remembering to set parental controls can reduce the risks to children, and reduce the risk to parents when children accidentally spend online money! The internet matters website explains this quite well. Online safety is not just about protecting children from some of the dangers of the internet – it is also about helping them manage their use of technology and most of the parental controls allow adults to set a maximum time for the use of a device or app.

Internet Matters is a site paid for by many British companies.  It has a lot of good advice on adding parental controls as well as on most aspects of online safety. Parental controls will only help keep children safe.  The best safety feature that a child has is their parent or carer.  Take the time to talk to your child about the apps and games they are using and don’t be afraid to say no sometimes!

National Online Safety have released a new app which can be downloaded for free at the link

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The range of online apps changes on a regular basis and the NSPCC website have up to date info.   This provides unbiased up-to-date information on current apps and sites along with advice to parents about dealing with issues.

The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002.  They will also give support in any O2 shop – you do not have to be an O2 customer.

ThinkUKnow is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency.  It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues.  It also has lots of games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.

LGfL have created a fantastic video all about educating young children on the importance of never getting changed or undressed on camera, which has some great advice and a very catchy song! The Undressed Song

Many children may suffer from online bullying.  It is really important that they have someone they can talk to and know that it is not acceptable.  Most apps and sites will have systems in place that allow bullying to be reported.  Your child’s school may be able to help.

Children can call Childline on 0800 1111  for advice on anything that is worrying them.

Digital Parenting

The Digital Parenting website and magazines offer parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world. Our Expert View articles, ‘How to’ guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay  up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved.

Online Gaming

If you are worried that your child is playing games that are unsuitable for them or would like more information about Online gaming then please click on the link below.

Online Gaming Information

Let’s talk about…

For more information on online safety, please read our ‘Let’s Talk About…Apps‘ booklet.

For more information on using YouTube safely, please read our ‘Lets Talk About… YouTube’ booklet.

Finally, since 2015 is has been a criminal offence for an adult to send a message with sexual content to a child (This is Section  67  of  the  Serious  Crime  Act  2015).   If you are concerned that this might have happened please contact The Police without further using the device.  This will help ensure that evidence can be preserved.  The Police can be contacted by phone or from the ThinkUKnow website.

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