Stay Safe Online

Keeping your child safe online

 

Welcome to our page dedicated to online safety.  

 

Firstly, thank you for your support if you have signed our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) with your child. If you haven yet to sign it, please do so as soon as possible otherwise your child will be unable to use our computers and tablets in school. Please complete one of the forms below (note the are two different AUPs - one for  Early Year and Key Stage 1 and another for Key Stage 2. The statements contained in these policies can also be used as a basis for setting expectations and rules of using devices at home. 

 

 

 

 

 

The internet is a wonderful resource and it would be impossible to shield children from it completely and neither would be want to! If they learn how to keep themselves safe online from an early age, they are less likely to become exposed to inappropriate content or encounter anyone online that we, as adults, are trying to protect them from. 

 

Keeping your children safe online can be a daunting task but help is out there! We have put together a range of documents and websites that will hopefully help you answer any of the questions you have.

We would recommend looking at ‘Supporting Young People Online’ by Childnet as a good place to start.  It is just a two-sided document and gives advice and top tips. It also has the SMART rules (see the poster above) that we teach children in school. You can view it at

 http://www.childnet.com/resources/supporting-young-people-online

Other helpful websites and links include:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Social Media and Gaming

For the NSPCC's Parent Guide to Minecraft, click below:

 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/minecraft-a-parents-guide/   

The age limits for Social Media apps varies but the legal age restriction is generally set at 13.

If you choose to allow your child to access apps such as Facebook ,Instagram and Snapchat, you may find these guides useful.

 

 

            

The 'internet Safety E-book  for Parents' below is a great publication that can help you to help your child access the internet at home safely.

 

                                Cyberbullying

Here at Pucklechurch Primary, we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and, in the digital age, we are all learning about how to manage cyberbullying.

We are seeing more and more examples in the news and local environment that show us that children often act more boldly when they are 'protected' by the screen often in the comfort of their own bedroom. This sense of anonymity means that they might say and do things that they would never do face to face and children who would never become a bully, fall foul of the ease by which they can .send out a message into the online work without instant repercussions.

 

As parents of primary school age children, you can help your children resist the temptation by ensuring that, if they have their own mobile phones or other devices, that you are fully aware of who they are sending messages to and when. A tip one of our year 6 parents recently shared is that they let their child be part of a group 'What's App' chat but only if they too are a member. It does mean they receive notifications whenever their child does but if you are unsure about letting your child have the freedom of a mobile phone, it could be a good starting point. 

A document called 'Cyberbullying e-book for parents' is available from Mrs Jones but is too large to add here. 

The digital landscape is ever-changing especially regarding social media, so please keep visiting for any updates. Equally, if anything comes to your attention, that you think might be of use to other parents (and school staff) or you have any questions relating to E-Safety in general, please let either myself, Mr Orton (Safeguarding Lead) or Becky Smith (Parent Link) know.

Kind regards,

Mrs Jones

E-Safety in the news

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Although Snapchat is an app that is only supposed to be used by those who are 13+ we thought we should make you aware a new feature called Snap Map.  An article on the BBC website in July 2017 drew parents' awareness to the Snapchat app which allows photographs to be placed on a map to show where they were taken.  This is a worry as it enables people to search for the whereabouts of ‘friends’ as well as being able to search for photographs and videos taken from inside a building such as a school. There is an opt out feature and we would encourage users to use it. It is claimed that you need to opt in to use this feature but many users have found this is not the case. For the full article please use the web address below which also shows you how to opt out of having your photographs on the Snap Map.                                   

 

July 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382876

 

E-Safety for Children

 

Here are a few links for you to use with your children at home:

 

http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary      (Take a look at Digi Duck!)

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

 

 

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