Staying Safe Online
Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.
In particular, children are shown how to:
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
- Recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
- Keep passwords and personal information safe
- Report when they feel unsafe
- Understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy
We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.
We expect all children to adhere to our Acceptable Use Policies for their in school and virtual learning. Please make sure that you have read both our Acceptable Use Policy and signed to agree with our guidelines and give permission for your child to use ICT in school.
Age Appropriate Acceptable Use Documents for parents and children
This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.
This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.
Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.
Worried about YouTube?
Some of our parents raised their worries about their children using YouTube at home. We also share these anxieties so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you.
The best way to ensure your children are safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.
The simplest option (for tablets and phones) — YouTube Kids
Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suitable towards children.
See more information about YouTube Kids by clicking here.
Setting up parental controls on YouTube (for laptops and computers)
This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at. There are more instructions on how to do this included in this video.
Here is a link to a website that gives parental guidance on how to keep their children safe when gaming online.