Online Safety Information
Cyber-safety is a key aspect of our Computing and ICT curriculum. Each year, children learn about different aspects of how to keep themselves safe online, and are reminded of what risks the internet might pose. We know that technology changes rapidly, though, and to ensure parents and family members feel confident about helping their children use the internet safely at home we recently hosted staff from education IT provider RM, who led an informal workshop for parents about online safety. The slides from the evening are below – please have a look through and remind yourselves of these important messages.
A couple of tips which might help are:
- Remember that children need to be older than 13 to use social networking sites, including FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. During the Key Stage Two workshops, pupils were told to let parents know if they are registered to any of these sites so please ask your children what they currently use.
- Call of Duty has an 18 certificate, and should not be played by children younger than this. Certificates attached to games are as important as those applied to films, so please make sure that your children only use age-appropriate games.
- Demos of games are often available on YouTube, so if you are not certain whether they are appropriate before you buy them try googling the name to see if ay previews are available.
Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet more and more whether it is at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, Internet Safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online is essential.
Report online abuse by clicking the button below:
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works to protect children from harm online and offline, directly through CEOP led operations in partnership with local and international agencies. Their website offers further support in how and when to make use of this report function. There is also a CEOP report button in the footer of this website.
Net Aware, from the NSPCC and O2, provides a simple no-nonsense guide for parents intended as a guide to social media, apps and games that young people use. It includes an option to sign up for an Online Safety newsletter to help parents keep up-to-date with the latest trends, new sites and safety advice; you can also download the free Net Aware app.
Keeping Children Safe from Abuse
Safeguarding plays a prominent role in our curriculum, both from planned opportunities to discuss issues around safety in PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and through visitors and workshops.
Each year, children are reminded of the PANTS rule, developed by the NSPCC. The posters we display around school reminding children that privates are private is below, along with a guide for parents to help discussions at home with children.
Oxfordshire County Council produce a helpful guide for parents aimed at supporting teaching children to cross the road. A copy of this is below for your reference.