Why is it important to teach our children about Online Safety?
The Internet is now an integral part of children’s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that children are safe.
Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers. Unfortunately though, there are times when Internet use can have a negative effect on children. Schools and parents need to be aware of the potential dangers and take measures to ensure safe usage by all.
How do we keep children safe online at Sunnybrow?
- We use targeted filtering to prevent access to websites that are not suitable or may be dangerous.
- Internet access in supervised and we monitor the websites that are accessed.
- Children are also taught how to use the technology safely so that they can keep themselves safe.
- We take part in annual awareness-raising days, such as Safer Internet day
- All member of our school community are asked to sign ‘Acceptable Use’ code of conducts
- Regular pupil, parent and staff voice activities to help us monitor the impact of our approach
If you have any further questions, please contact the school and speak to Mrs Sim (Online Safety coordinator).
What can parents do to keep children safe at home?
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! 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 using all the benefits that the technological world can offer!
Here are a list of useful websites:
Think U Know – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
BBC Stay Safe – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe
Kidsmart – http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Childnet International – http://www.childnet-int.org/
Digizen – http://www.digizen.org/
Think U Know Parents – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Google Family Centre – http://www.google.com/familysafety/
Parent Info – http://parentinfo.org/
Childline – https://www.childline.org.uk/
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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