Our pupils are growing up in a world of ever changing technology and whilst we wish to embrace the learning opportunities this brings, it is important we encourage responsible online behavior. We work closely with London Grid for Learning (LGfL) to ensure we are up to date with current advice and practice. In school we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing any inappropriate content. Regular E-Safety activities and discussions are woven into the curriculum to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Throughout school we aim to teach children:
- About the impact of cyber bullying and what to do if they have been affected.
- To be vigilant when communicating online recognizing that people may not always be who they say they are and to be sensible about what they share.
- To tell an adult they trust if something is making them feel worried or upset.
- To question the reliability of information given through a web based source.
- To search responsibly for information when using internet browsers.
We understand that much of our pupils use of the internet will occur at home or on their personal devices, away from the school filters.
Below is a list of useful websites, advice and resources you may find helpful when navigating the issue of online safety with your child. There are also resources that your child can directly access as well to help them learn about internet safety.
Useful resources and links
Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org/dvice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
A comprehensive web resources with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child.
National Online Safety https://www.nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
National Online Safety’s mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this be equipping staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The site provides up to date information about social media apps and platforms your child might be using.
Childnet international is a registered charity that aims to make the internet a safer place for children and young people. It is packed with helpful resources for parents.
The BBC have a website and app called Ownit. The website has a lot of content to help children 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.
A guide to Apps and Social Media
The number of apps and social media channels your child could be exposed to grow all the time, as do 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.
The apps included are:
- Clash of Clans and Clash Royale
- And many, many more…
Resources for children to use
Below are some links that children themselves can access when navigating the tricky subject of online safety.
Reception – Year 2
These links are tailored for children in the younger year groups.
Year 3 –Year 6
These resources are more suited to older children.
Relevant e-Safety policies and documents are available for you to download below, at the bottom of the page:
We Are Cybersafe in Years 1 & 2
We are Cybersafe in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
The Local Authority have created the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board which contains very good advice on e-safety. Click here for a link to their site: http://www.greenwichsafeguardingchildren.org.uk/
For age-relevant advice about online e-safety please click here on this link to Greenwich Click Safe where you will find links to advice for different age groups (5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years and 14+) in a child-friendly format. We encourage you to go through the relevant sections with your children.
Keeping Your Child Safe Online - A Checklist for Parents & Carers
Should you need to consult the NSPCC website then click on this link: www.nspcc.org.uk
For advice and support about children’s online actvities you can also consult: www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) is an organisation which helps children stay safe online. If someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know, such as being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up, it is very important that you tell someone.
You can report it to CEOP by clicking the link: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
CEOP also provide advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking.