Teaching children to keep themselves safe online is an important part of our job as a school.
Top Tips to support you with keeping your child safe online whilst at home
Talk to your child about their use of the internet! Be part of what they are doing…
Make sure you know what devices in your home connect to the internet and how.
Set boundaries! Be clear about how long they can be online and what they can do online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
Don’t forget though: Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Try the ‘Think You Know’ Website (part of CEOP)which has great age-appropriate resources and activities for children and advice for parents and teachers
Don’t let them lie about their age, most social media sites (such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat) are not for children under 13. There is more guidance here
Games Consoles – such as Xbox or Playstation – all have parental controls which can be enabled in the ‘Settings’ . However, they only work if your child is playing on account which has their information. In other words if the console knows how old the player is!
Here are our SMART rules and some video resources to share with your children:
S Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening fi les, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the intemet may not be true. Always check information carefully.
T Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Here are some Cartoons to help you find out how to stay safe online