At Mountnesing C of E Primary School we take the safety of children very seriously and this includes the safety of children online. We work hard in school teaching all children about how to use the internet safely and protecting their online presence. During ICT and computing lessons, e-safety is discussed reguarly. When using our online learning environment (DB Primary) the children have a awareness of being safe and know what to do if they feel something isn’t right. Adults in school can access everything that the children do on this learning platform and approve emails and blog entries before they are posted online.
We invest time and money into CEOP (child explotation and online protection) by annually hosting a CEOP presentation for parents in school and training year 5 and 6 in how to be safe online.
Our top tips for parents when allowing children to access the internet are:
1. Get your child to use the computer/iPad in a room where other people are. This could be the lounge or another room that is used frequently by the whole family. Never let your child use the internet in their bedroom on their own. If something happens online that makes your child uncomfortable, they are more likely to talk to you about it if you are there and parents will see and hear things that go on online if they are in the same room.
2. Talk to your child about what they can and can’t do online. Be open and honest about what could happen online and what your child should do if something happens that they don’t like.
3. Set up restrictions on the equipment your children are using.
4. Follow guidelines on age appropraite social media, websites and games.
5. Ensure your child knows to only talk to people they know online.
6. Ensure your child knows that you have access to everything that they do online.
7. Don’t let your child use headsets to speak to people they don’t know during gaming.
8. Never presume that websites you think are safe, actually are. Child friendly games and apps can still be accessed by all and many of them have ‘chat’ areas.
9. Know all the information you can about being safeonline and attend any training offered. If you would like to find out more about how to support your child when using the internet please visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/