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Online Safety

Online Safety is an integral part of the school curriculum in all schools.   From Nursery to Year 5, this is vital to help children enjoy the wonderful opportunities that our technological world can offer. Through our curriculum and other aspects of school life, we encourage children to celebrate what technology can offer us in a safe and responsible manner. In addition to the curriculum (lessons), we take the opportunity to raise awareness of Online Safety through assemblies and it is high profile during National awareness events such as Anti-Bullying Week and Safer Internet Day.  We also intervene quickly if we are made aware of any online safety issues within our school community.

However, this is not a task we can manage alone! Our curriculum lessons incorporate resources from a range of key providers, including CEOP.   We aim to work in partnership with parents to provide a support network for children as they explore, communicate, play and learn online.   We endeavour to provide as much information as possible for parents, through newsletters, online safety evenings and our school website.

It is important to keep reviewing practice, as a school, as a family and as a pupil – in response to the way technology changes – almost daily. We regularly seek advice from the Local Authority support team and use some key websites to keep us updated. We also listen carefully to what the children have to say.

If you have any worries or concerns then please contact Mrs Parker or Mrs Fisher.

Useful Websites

Have a look at some of the advice provided on these key websites to ensure your child is safe online.

Youtube Risks – Uploading Video

Many children spend a lot of time watching Youtube and children often wish to create their own Youtube films. In doing so, without careful thought, they can leave themselves open to bullying or online grooming by revealing personal details and making videos and comments available to anyone.

This is not illegal but the minimum age to create a Youtube account is 13. Having an account for a younger child breaks the terms and conditions of the site. It is not possible to upload videos without creating an account.

The following link provides additional information for parents:

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802272?hl=en-GB&ref_topic=2803240

Social Networking advice for Parents/Carers

Kaye’s F & N School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the Internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern. Websites such as Facebook offer amazing communication and social connections, however they are created with their audience in mind and it is not possible to control or verify the content.

Facebook’s terms and conditions state that all users must be 13 years or older and as such we strongly recommend that parents do not allow their children to have their own personal profiles online.

Possible risks for children under 13 using Facebook may include:

  • Facebook use “age targeted” advertising and your child could be exposed to adverts of a sexual or other inappropriate nature
  • Children may accept friend requests from people they don’t know in real life which could increase the risk of inappropriate contact or behaviour
  • Language, games, applications, groups and content posted or shared on Facebook is not moderated, and therefore can be offensive, illegal or unsuitable for children
  • Photographs shared by users are not moderated and therefore children could be exposed to inappropriate images or even post their own
  • Underage users might be less likely to keep their identities private and lying about their age can expose them to further risks regarding privacy settings and inappropriate behaviour
  • Facebook cannot and does not verify its members therefore it is important to remember that if your child can lie about who they are online, so can anyone else!

We feel it important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites, so you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not. These profiles will have been created away from school and sometimes by a child, their friends, siblings or even parents.  We will take action (such as reporting under aged profiles) if a problem comes to our attention that involves the safety or wellbeing of any of our children. We are however aware that many children do use such sites and it is possible that by banning access and removing children’s technology may mean that children do not feel able to raise any concerns or problems encountered with parents/carers or adults in school. It is also important that parents/carers are aware that whilst filtering tools or parental controls are very useful in keeping children safe online, they are not always effective and children may still access unsuitable content

However, if you should decide to allow your child to have a Facebook profile we strongly advise you to be aware of the potential risks posed to your child. You may want to consider the following points.

  • Check their profile is set to private and that only approved friends can see information that is posted
  • Closely monitor your child’s use and talk to them about safe and appropriate online behaviour such as not sharing personal information, clicking on unknown links, installing applications and not posting offensive messages or photos
  • Ask them to install the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) application on www.facebook.com/clickceop on their profile. 
  • Set up your own profile so you understand how the site works and ask them to have you as a friend on their profile so you know what they are posting online.

Make sure your child understands the following rules:

  • Always keep your profile private and never accept friends you don’t know in real life
  • Never post anything online which could reveal your identity or anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see
  • Only click on links that you trust and always ask an adult if first if you are not sure
  • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult
  • Always tell an adult you trust if you feel threatened, see something that makes you feel worried or someone upsets you online

We recommend that all parents visit CEOPs Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online www.thinkuknow.co.uk 

Staying Safe Online

Top 5 Tips for Staying Safe Online

  1. Be careful what you share. Once something is online, it’s out of your control. If you don’t want your parents or teachers to see it, don’t post it.
  2. Don't meet people you don't know in person. Even if you get on with them online, you never know who they really are.
  3. Use a complex password. It should be hard for other people to guess your password and it's a good idea to change it regularly.
  4. Check your privacy settings. Check who can see what you post and whether your accounts are public or private.
  5. Talk about it. If you see something online that makes you upset or uncomfortable, talk to an adult you trust.

What to do if you need help

Talk to a Trusted Adult

If you have a problem you can't fix on your own, it's a good idea to speak to an adult. Make sure it’s a person you trust and feel safe with. They might be someone you feel close to, or have helped you with something before. They could be anyone, such as a:

parent, carer, or someone else in your family

friend’s parent or carer, or a neighbour

teacher, sports coach or a member of staff at school

Click CEOP Button

CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.

Childline

If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.

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