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Online ​Safety

Guides for parents have been produced by a number of charities and links to these are shown below.

NSPCC parent's guide to Pokemon Go 

Saferinternet.org

The Internet has become an important part of childrens' lives. Children have access to the internet in school to undertake research and continue and consolidate their learning. Many children now have their own internet enabled device at home which they can use to communicate with friends, play games and access information for educational and personal purposes.

We know that parents and carers will be concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet, whether in school or at home and it is important that we work together to prepare our children for life in the digital world.  Internet Safety is taught at Park Junior School as we recognise that children must be prepared for and understand the risks and benefits associated with their use of the internet and that they need to develop safe and responsible online behaviour, whatever their age.

In school, children are taught how to keep their personal information safe, and to be critical of the things they see online. They are shown what to do if anything they see online upsets them and who they should report this to. Internet content accessed in school is filtered by our internet service provider to help safeguard the children from accessing unsuitable content. There are a number of search engines that are designed specifically for children and a few examples are listed below.

If you have any concerns regarding your child's use of the internet or associated technology, please contact the school office. 

There are many useful and informative websites for parents and carers which provide information and guidance  on what you can do to help keep your child safe.  Many sites have sections designed specifically for children to help them develop their understanding of how to keep themselves safe on line. We have provided links to some of these below

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Latest news

The DfE have launched a new online service for schools, called Parent Info, a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. The site gives parents the information they need to help them navigate the minefield of issues children can now face on everything from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world. As well as giving them the confidence and support to speak to their children on such sensitive issues, it will also provide them with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.  To visit the Parent Info website, click here.

Concerns over websites collecting and sharing children's data (information passed to the school by emPSN)

The Information Commissioner's Office, the UK's data protection agency, has taken part in an international investigation into how websites and apps collect and use data from children under 13.

The investigation was organised by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network and look at nearly 1,500 websites and apps popular with young people.  This included 50 UK-based websites.  Results found that half of all the websites shared children's data with thirk parties and one in five websites asked for phone numbers and pictures.

Overall the investigation reported concern about 41% of the websites investigated.  More than two in three websites collected email addresses and passed these on to third parties.  The investigation has not identified the names of the websites but these will be contacted and notified of any concerns.

The project did find examples of good practice, with some websites and apps providing effective protective control, such as parental dashboards, and pre-set avatars and/or usernames to prevent children inadvertently sharing their own personal information.

(This information was passed to the school by emPSN)

To visit the Information Commissioners website to read more about this, click here.

Our E-Safety Parents workshop took place on Tuesday, 6th October

A Parents perspective ‘May I express how fantastic and informative the Internet safety workshop was. The facts and figures surrounding Internet safety were highly surprising. I didn't know why the age limits were in place and it worried me when I found out the actual reason. I also learnt about enabling restrictions on certain devices too which now means no content is displayed over a certain age, and the language/violence in computer games were also quite a shock,  especially the no: 1 biggest seller!

Alan McKenzie (esafety-adviser.com) visited school to talk to staff, parents and carers at our Internet Safety Workshops on Tuesday 6th October.  The aim was to develop a greater awareness of the possible risks associated with internet and mobile use for parents, students and staff.

The sessions were 'eye opening' and gave some fantastic advice and guidance about issues that directly affect 7-11 year olds.  In addition to the valuable information on sexting, cyber bullying and sites that children might access, Alan's knowledge on the possible child protection risks associated with gaming was insightful and shocked us all.

Over 150 'e-safety' questionnaires were completed by parents and returned to school before the meeting. In response to these and the areas covered during the workshops, we will be providing further details and information to parents and carers. Click here to read more comments from parent  who attended the workshop.

For Parents and Carers

For Parents and Carers

CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and carers.

Thinkuknow.co.uk

This site provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the NCA's CEOP Command.

Childnet.com

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
 

E-Safety newsletters for parents from E-safety advisor.com

E-Safety advisor provides guidance and training for schools but also publishes regular newsletters for parents which cover a wide variety of relevant topics.

February 2015 Newsletter - This focus for this newsletter is 'Sleep Deprivation - is this an e-safety risk and is it a concern for our children, their health and well being?

May 2015 Newsletter - What is appropriate for our children?

Dec 2015 Newsletter - Content within games

May 2016 - DITTO magazine (new format)

Nov 2016 -  DITTO magazine

Friendly Wifi Scheme From Childnet International site -The ‘Friendly WiFi’ scheme has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Registered Digital Institute and The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). The initiative is supported by Government and the UK’s main WiFi providers after concerns were raised by leading child safety experts, that children and young people were being put at risk of viewing and accessing inappropriate material when using public WiFi. ‘Friendly WiFi’ has been created to ensure that businesses who offer their customers public WiFi and who wish to join the scheme to become a ‘Friendly WiFi’ venue, have had their WiFi services verified by an independent body to verify that the correct filters are in place to block anyone from accessing inappropriate material."  Locations will display the Friendly Wifi logo  - for further information, click here.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. The centre has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.

Internet Matters.org

Internet Matters is an independent, not-for-profit organisation to help parents keep their children safe online.

Kidsmart (Know IT All for parents)

 

NSPCC

Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

Earlier this year the NSPCC launched a public education campaign called 'Share Aware' to help parents to keep their children safe online. It is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 - 12 and aims to encourage greater understanding of online safety and conversations with children about keeping safe.  To visit the NSPCC website and learn more about the 'Share Aware' campaign, click here.

NetAware - A guide to the social networks young people use.

For an explanation of PEGI Ratings system for computer and console games, click here

 

'These internet safety tools can only be taught to our children through good education and parenting, but it’s the latter where we sometimes struggle.  After all, many of us parents didn’t grow up in a world of connected technology, so we sometimes form the impression that children know more than we do.

Whilst that may be true to a degree, knowing how to use something and knowing how to use something properly (and appropriately) are two very different things, and this is where children can be exposed to risk.

The purpose of this site isn’t to go deep into any of the areas, but simply to signpost you to the best, most up-to-date guidance.'

 
For Children
BBC - Stay Safe
 

The Adventures of Cara, Winston and the SMART crew

Childnet.com

 

Kidsmart

 

Thinkuknow for 5 - 7 year olds

Thinkuknow for 8 - 10 year olds

   
Child friendly Search Engines
Kidrex.org  
Swiggle.org.uk  

Safesearch for kids