The internet is a highly valuable resource which plays a significant role in 21st century life.
Within school, we strive to enable our pupils to utilise the opportunities which the internet provides.
However, the internet is not without risk and it is crucial that pupils are able to use the internet safely. Through the teaching of our Online Safety curriculum, we aim to equip our pupils with the skills necessary to be competent, safe and responsible internet users.
As much of our pupil’s internet use occurs at home, it is crucial that parents discuss online safety regularly with their children. Below are several resources which may be useful when navigating the issue of online safety with your children at home.
Online Safety Policy
Acceptable Use Policy for Pupils
Acceptable Use Policy for Staff
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child.
National Online Safety
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.
The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.
The number of apps and social media channels your child could be exposed to grow all the time, as does an app's functionality. We recommend you visit Net Aware to read the latest and most current advice on over 70 apps to ensure you know what they do, how you can limit their features as well as recommended age restrictions.
CEOP stands for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command. They are part of the police who investigate and deal with cases of online grooming. Their Child Protection Advisors are fully trained to offer support and guidance to any young people who are worried about online grooming. You can find more information and contact CEOP directly on their website.
Parent Info contains a vast range of help and advice from leading experts and organisations for families in a digital world.
Useful Resources for Children
Below are a variety of resources designed for children to help them learn about online safety.
Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One
Key Stage Two
In Year Three, the pupils learn about the SMART rules. This is a helpful acronym which helps children to remember key strategies to help them stay safe online.